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Trump isolated over trade and Russia on first day of G7 summit

6/9/2018

Toronto, Divisions between Donald Trump and other leaders of G7 nations were laid bare on the first day of the summit, a BBC report said. G7 is an annual summit bringing together Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany, which represent more than 60 per cent of global net worth between them. The US leader made a surprise call for Russia to be readmitted to the group of top industrialised nations after its expulsion for annexing Crimea but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European Union (EU) members attending the summit in Canada were not in favour of the idea. Frictions over trade tariffs recently imposed by the Trump administration continued during the Friday's session. Divisions between Mr Trump and the other six leaders go way beyond trade - they include climate change, relations with Iran and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Mr Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports has sparked anger, with even US allies falling subject to them. The move has brought fears of a trade war. Canada had called Mr Trump's trade tariffs "illegal" while European Council President Donald Tusk warned that Mr Trump's stance on trade, climate change and Iran constituted a real danger.But there's no doubt about Mr Trump's isolation. However, he dislikes negotiating with groups, and he will leave well before the end of this G7 summit, the BBC added.

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