At global summit, Trump facing limits of go-at-it-alone stance


Instead, outcome documents for each area of discussion, such as free trade, gender equity and the environment, will be published following agreements reached between individual countries - an attempt to avoid the stormy end of the last G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que., when Trump lashed out at Trudeau from the confines of Air Force One and scratched his name from the communique.

Donald Tusk also told a news briefing in Biarritz, France, that trade wars among the seven nations would further erode trust between them.

President Donald Trump may be in France for an worldwide summit, but his mind is on news coverage at home after he referred to himself as "the chosen one" and pointed to the sky when discussing a spiraling trade war with China. We see the Amazonian forests burning and the Arctic melting.

Before his arrival, Trump repeated a threat to tax French wines in retaliation for a new French levy on digital services, which he says unfairly targets USA companies.

Macron said G7 countries should also engage in economic stimulus to prevent world economies from falling into recession.

The Saturday-to-Monday gathering in the French beach resort town of Biarritz comes as the global economy shows signs of slowing, in part due to anxiety caused by the trade war.

Trump continues to threaten European companies with trade tariffs, including Germany's auto industry and France's wine sector. That was the backdrop for a late addition to his summit schedule - a two-hour lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron outside the opulent Hotel du Palais. Leaders of some of the world's major economies have arrived in France for the G7 summit. "This is not the way to proceed", Johnson told reporters on the plane to the G7 summit in Biarritz.

Before leaving the White House, the president tweeted that he was "Looking forward to being with great leaders in France!"

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"This may be the last moment to restore our political community", he said. So does Mr Trump have to attend the summit and is it possible he could pull out?

Anti-summit protests have become common, and on Saturday thousands of anti-globalisation activists, Basque separatists and "yellow vest " protesters marched peacefully across France's border with Spain to demand action from the leaders. "The leaders will hear us", he said.

Trudeau will also have a bilateral meeting later today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump will also urge the Europeans, Canada and Japan to shake up their own economies along USA lines.

Macron has acknowledged his differences with Trump on the climate emergency, but still hopes to find consensus on other issues and could give a joint press conference with the U.S. president at the end of the summit. "When I look at Europe, especially, we need some new tools to relaunch our economy", Macron said.

Last year's summit, hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, ended in acrimony when Trump felt he had been slighted by Trudeau after the president left the meeting.

The massive, ongoing fires in the Amazon rainforest are also topping the agenda this year, with Macron threatening to withhold an European Union trade agreement if Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro does not take action.

Trump said the two leaders "actually have a lot in common" and a "special relationship". He and other leaders were due to be officially greeted by Macron later on in the evening.