Tomorrow’s G7, or rather G6+1 meeting, is shaping up to be one for the ages.
As we reported previously, chancellor Merkel already was setting the ground for the Toronto showdown among the world’s top political leaders, vowing to challenge Donald Trump on virtually every issue, from trade to climate, and warning that the lack of room for compromise means leaders may fail to agree on a final statement, an unprecedented event at a summit of the world’s 7 most advanced nations.
Then, earlier today, in comments made alongside Canada PM Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, French President Emmanuel Macron said that no head of state is “eternal” and that he stands ready to work with the six other Group of Seven members if U.S. wants to stand alone.
“You say President Trump doesn’t care. Maybe. But none of us are eternal and our countries, the commitments taken, go beyond us. None of us who have been elected by the people can say ‘all prior commitments disappear.’ It’s just not true, there is a continuity in state affairs at the heart of international laws. Sometimes we’ve inherited some commitments that weren’t core to our beliefs, but we stuck to them, because that is how it works for nations. And that will be the case for the United States – like for every great democracy”, Macron said quoted by Bloomberg.
The common theme: the rest of the world is desperate to show just how united it is again Trump, perhaps in hopes of subduing him and quashing his opposition.
Good luck with that.
Shortly after the constant barrage of anti-Trump rhetoric out of the G6, Trump on Thursday was quick to take even more jabs at Canada and France on the eve of the G-7 summit.
In a tweet, Trump accused the U.S. allies of levying “massive tariffs” and creating “non-monetary barriers.”
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