Emmanuel Macron Says 'Things Moving Forward' After G7 Trade Spat

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Specifically, Macron reportedly said that Trump would be excluded from a group declaration of unity to conclude the summit, a punishment for Trump's recent trade threats levied at the United States' closest allies.

President Donald Trump's planned meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 is being pushed back to late Friday afternoon after a delayed departure from the White House.

While G7 leaders confronted Trump with a slew of data on imports and exports in a bid to sway his thinking, Trump countered his own numbers and held his position that the United States was at a disadvantage on worldwide trade, an official who followed the talks said. "I think it will be very positive", Trump said, without giving details.

"We had a very direct and open discussion and I saw the willingness on all the sides to find agreement and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers and our middle classes". MORE and French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday has gained widespread attention on social media for the imprint of Macron's thumb the French leader left on Trump's hand.

Following an exchange of terse messages before the summit, the two leaders struck a conciliatory tone with Trump saying that the relationship was special, but that sometimes tests occur when it comes to trade. The tit-for-tat risks a full blown trade war, something economists have said would be bad for all involved.

Typically billed as a gathering aimed at fostering global cooperation, this year's G7 meeting is held in the shadow of a looming trade war between old allies, with heated exchanges between leaders of US, France and Canada.

According to the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations, the members have agreed to "acknowledge free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" as a "key engine" for growth and jobs as well as to note the importance of fighting protectionism.

"Our position has not changed (on Russia)", said Adam Austen, spokesman for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

He's also threatened to tear up the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit but no bilateral meeting. Trump said in a second tweet.

Trump is set to meet Trudeau later in the day.

The president called for the G-7 to readmit Russian Federation, to the shock of the other foreign leaders, who, in concert with then-President Barack Obama had kicked the country out of the club as a rebuke to Moscow for illegally annexing Crimea.

Trump argued that Moscow was too important to isolate.

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