French President Emmanuel Macro, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italy's acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and European Council President Donald Tusk attend a G7 working session on "International Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda" during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
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Trump says G7 leaders are getting along well

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By Crispian Balmer and Richard Lough

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was getting along well with his Western allies at a G7 summit in France, dismissing reports of rifts among leaders as they prepared to discuss global trade woes.

The G7 gathering is taking place against a backdrop of growing worries about a global economic downturn and coincides with an era of international disunity across an array of issues that have strained decades-old allegiances.

"Before I arrived in France, the Fake and Disgusting News was saying that relations with the 6 others countries in the G-7 are very tense, and that the two days of meetings will be a disaster," Trump wrote on Twitter shortly before meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"Well, we are having very good meetings, the Leaders are getting along very well, and our Country, economically, is doing great - the talk of the world!"

However, major policy differences over trade protectionism, climate change, Iran and France's push for a universal tax on digital technology giants clouded the run-up to the summit in the Atlantic coastal resort of Biarritz.

Trump arrived in France just hours after escalating his trade war with China in a tit-for-tat battle between the world's two largest economies that has spooked financial markets.

"I am very worried about the way it's going, the growth of protectionism, of tariffs that we're seeing," Johnson said on Saturday.

"Those who support the tariffs are at risk of incurring the blame for the downturn in the global economy, irrespective of whether or not that is true."

Underlining the discord, Trump also threatened his host on the eve of the summit, saying the United States would tax French wine "like they've never seen before" unless Paris dropped a digital tax on U.S. technology companies.

Leaping into the fray, European Council President Donald Tusk, who takes part in the G7 discussions, warned the EU would respond "in kind" if Trump acted on his threat.

"This may be the last moment to restore our political community," Tusk told reporters on Saturday, giving a bleak assessment of Western relations.

Looking to broaden the scope of the debate, Macron has invited several African leaders to discuss the problems facing their continent, while leaders from India, Australia, Chile and Spain are due to attend a dinner on Sunday where the focus will be on the environment and other issues.

BREXIT SQUABBLES

Trump up-ended last year's G7 summit in Canada, walking out of the meeting early and disassociating himself from the final communique having initially endorsed the document.

The delegations had barely arrived in Biarritz before differences were exposed, with senior U.S. officials accusing the host, French President Emmanuel Macron, of looking "to fracture the G7" by focusing on "niche issues" rather than major global concerns.

France denied this, pointing to Sunday's initial session covering the economy, trade and security - areas that used to draw easy consensus but are now sources of great friction.

Overnight, Trump wrote on Twitter that lunch with Macron was the best meeting the pair had yet had, and that a meeting with world leaders on Saturday evening also "went very well."

France has got around the communique problem by doing away with the time-honored document, deciding it was not worth even trying to find common language.

While the transatlantic rift is the most stark, there are also deep divisions within the European camp, with Johnson making his G7 debut at a time when he is struggling to persuade EU capitals to renegotiate Britain's exit from the bloc.

Johnson and Tusk, who are due to talk on Sunday, sparred ahead of the meeting over who would take the blame if Britain leaves the EU on Oct 31 without a Brexit agreement acceptable to both sides.

"I still hope that PM Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr No Deal," said Tusk, who leads the political direction of the 28-nation EU.

Johnson later retorted that it would be Tusk himself who would carry that mantle if Britain could not secure a new withdrawal agreement.

Macron added to the internal EU strains by unexpectedly threatening on Friday to block an EU trade deal with a group of South American states over Brazil's handling of fires that are ravaging the Amazon rainforest.

Germany and Britain both voiced deep concern about the fires, but disagreed with Macron on how to respond, saying shooting down the ambitious Mercosur trade accord would not help save the Amazon.

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Do they really think any leader would sit there and say things are going badly? Even during the last summit that ended badly, all leaders said things went well and that there are things they still have to work out. This article was pointless.

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You cant believe anything that comes out of this morons mouth he is the fake news..

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Trump not doing a thumbs up as he'd lose that comparison as well.

Meanwhile more and more farmers in the US are becoming bigger and bigger welfare babies. Trump is more of a socialist than any other president in history. Don't believe me check out the public debt!

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The CHOSEN ONE exposing fake news media. Keep up the good work.

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Translation: I feel like the guys and girls are listening to me, I’m getting enough respect and fear, and my agenda is going along great.

I do think that Trump is really trying to bat for America which is fine, but as a Japanese, I want our ties and relations and ideologies sound and unified.

The outside threats are real.

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Trump, Johnston and PM Abe are the strongest Leaders at the table. Merkel and Trudeau the weakest.

I’m not sure who Johnston is, cobber, but if you mean Boris Johnson, he’s looking at a possible vote of no-confidence before he’s had time to ruffle his hair up for the cameras.

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If Donny says it, you can take it straight to bankruptcy court.

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What is the point of repeating the nonsense that man spews out

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If Tusk is there why are Macron, Merkel and Conte, they are irrelevant, the EU dictates what they can do on economics and progressively every other field. Those states no longer have any right to representation than California.

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No, no, you are interpreting Trump's statement all wrong. When he says "they are getting along well" he means he is getting ready to change that. These world leaders have figured out how to play Trump. Look out for what's coming.

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Trump says G7 leaders are getting along well

Trump says.

I ignore what Trump says. Trump is quite good at sales. Promotion. Manipulation.

The rubes fall for it. The media follows it.

Ignore the headlines. Focus on what counts. Focus on what Trump does.

Ignore his blather. It's for the rubes. It's for click bait. Go ahead and play that game. And lose.

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Fake news

Trump is knee-deep into crackpot and rancid conspiracy theories. He watches Fox and Friends. He praised Alex Jones. He retweets dodgy racist material he finds on the net.

He’s is a walking tabloid.

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So it's obvious they aren't getting along then.

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They get along except with the U.S. and British heads of states.And those two jokesters will clash soon enough over their trading.Can't wait to laugh.

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Another forum, another embarrassment for the United States of America.

The acerbic current occupant of the White House showed the world, one more time, that he is not fit to be President of the United States of America (POTUS).

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There are 8 people sitting on that photo, and its not a Russian.

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Another article in a series in which trump is purposely portrayed in a negative light: as if everything would be utopia if it wasn't for Trump. Well, I guess, Russian collusion didn't work, the Mueller witch hunt fizzled out; so now it's back to Trump's a racist and he's destroying the economy and he's a bully who doesn't share his toys with the other children at the summit. I'm finally realizing this is a left wing news site.

The G7 shouldn't be getting along like everything is peaches and cream--because it's not. Why pretend? Trump is shaking things up like he voted in office to do. That's what we want: we're tired of these remora taking advantage of the US. It sounds like the other G6 need safe spaces and bans against "hate speech" put in place: it seems they are triggered by Trump's America first policy. At which I say, trigger on.

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I'm wondering how, in years to come, the accomplices of this woefully inept orange buffoon will try to spin their resumes. It must be awkward, as soon as one steps a millimetre outside the F&F "Say nice things or he'll get grumpy" bubble, to see that your wannabe fuhrer is the laughing stock of the entire world.

Has anyone else seen that Twilight Zone episode "It's a good life"? It must feel like that to have to coddle this man-child's baby ego.

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Tusk as a European leader has to care for the “checks and balances” which came out as “ if we don’t change election system we end up as the others” with Spagetty western mayors.

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Trump says G7 leaders are getting along well

That means the other 6 leaders remembered back to when they were parents of a two year old and adjusted accordingly....

Yes Donnie, you're a stable genius...

Yes, everyone here thinks your're the most handsome, thinnest, best hair-styled leader here...

Yes, the most important topic we have to discuss this week is "ratings"...

Now, here's a Big Mac, sit down and watch Fox and Friends and the adults will do their work....

And if you get bored, here's a Stormy Daniels movie....

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How is the only Asian leader managing affairs?

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He sure was Epstein's chosen one....

Nope!! He was chosen by American Joe Blow. Or if you like: he was chosen by the electoral college like Obama was twice.

You can repeat Putin and Epstein a zillion times. But it doesn't make it true.

How did Putin or Epstein get into the heads of the voters and make them vote for Trump?

Did Putin or Epstein count the votes and their tallies were accepted?

Please tell us how Putin or Epstein put Trump into the White House.

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G7 leaders are getting along well

Not what Trump means, but yes, it's the case. Too well.

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From what the rest of the world is hearing out loud from many leaders, is totally opposite of what POTUS is interpreting.

I can only add the following: Joseph R Kennedy III. please skip the Senate and run for US President. You will definitely win a huge majority of the popular and majority votes against the Don who has sold out and is starting to sound a lot like Obama.

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This just in - the U.S. has reached a trade deal with Japan.

China had better get with the program.

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heres the bottom line... Trump will quit before the next election because he can barely speak for a minute or hold a bottle of water with one hand... he’s not going to try and debate a Democrat with an IQ above 40. He’ll do his best to say the world is against him, same as all senile old people rave and rant before dying alone, then he’ll quit to avoid embarrassment. Fortunately, he can still be jailed after, as can his family.

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You cant believe anything that comes out of this morons mouth he is the fake news..

This moron is the president of the USA. Who are you?

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"This may be the last moment to restore our political community," Tusk told reporters on Saturday, giving a bleak assessment of Western relations.

Tusk is cracking up!

The E.U. wouldn’t give May a deal and won’t to Johnson-Tusk is sucking on sour grapes,making things up as he goes along!

There is no ‘last moment’ unless it’s a wave good-bye...

However, Trump will give the UK a deal with an economy bigger than China and Japan combined and which has 300 million people, with room for another 300!

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This moron is the president of the USA. Who are you?

yep you said it, a moron and a POTUS mixed together is a dangerous combination.

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This just in - the U.S. has reached a trade deal with Japan.

yep and its hardly any different than the TPP so why the need to pull out of it in the first place

China had better get with the program.

why Trump is doing all the work for them, when Trump orders all American companies out of China and all lose all the profits they make selling in China, those other countries can take their place. When that self inflicted recession hits, Trump can do his best to weasel his way out of the mess hes left of the global economy. China playing the long game, no matter what Trump throws at them theyll still be there long after Trumps gone

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However, Trump will give the UK a deal with an economy bigger than China and Japan combined and which has 300 million people, with room for another 300!

China will surpass the US within 30 yrs and those that make enemies of them will be left out of a Chinese middle class market that exceeds the entire US population. People just have to come to realise especially many in the US that China isnt the pushover it once was.

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@wtfjapan

Nobody can see 30 years into the future-better to focus on the here and now, eh!

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@Serrano

This just in - the U.S. has reached a trade deal with Japan.

The reports start with "Trump says" and end with "in principle".

I think the media stopped counting at about 10,000 lies. I think there's a website tracking them, not this one though.

https://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/statements/byruling/false/

No need for a response. I know them well, eg "those aren't lies, they are just winning" and every objective factchecking website is "liberal run ... fake news" etc.

I'm just amazed people still believe in him. It's like a cult thing.

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@serrano

You need to state what you are linking to. People need some preparation for swivel-eyed lunatics in basements and Tucker Carlson.

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@serrano

You need to state what you are linking to.

@Jimizo

From the #1 cable news network

What are the security implications of the US-Japan trade deal?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfRS8dtdOCM

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This just in - the U.S. has reached a trade deal with Japan.

The reports start with "Trump says" and end with "in principle".

I think the media stopped counting at about 10,000 lies. blah blah blah

Damn, pacificwest, you really can't stand the U.S. winning, can you?

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I understand that you are making a joke (I hope) but this story appears to be extracting positive PR from events, without actually stating what the deal is or is not yet.

Which suggest to me that when it actually lands, by which time the media circus has moved on, it won't actually be that great.

By "corn" do they mean maize? I wonder what they are going to do with all the maize that was going to China?

I am surprised Golf clubs were not part of the deal. Japan makes some very good golf clubs and Mr Trump enjoys cheating at golf.

In fact, I read that he has made 211 daytime visits to golf clubs since his inauguration, with evidence of playing golf on at least 96 visits at a cost to taxpayers of about $109,000,000.

Would not it be cheap just to move the golf course closer to Washington DC?

https://trumpgolfcount.com

"I'm going to be working for you. I'm not going to have time to go play golf."

--Donald J. Trump, August, 2016

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Is that really a question - how did Putin put Trump in the White House? I guess someone has been in a coma for three years...

As for Epstein, you'd have to ask a Trump supporter how he helped get Donnie to the White House - I do know that Donne helped get Epstein to Mar-A-Lago - and he and Epstein hosted a party for themselves and 39 cheerleaders....wonder what their ages were.....

So basically no answer. Just more flatulence from digesting cnn and msnbc.

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I am surprised Golf clubs were not part of the deal. Japan makes some very good golf clubs and Mr Trump enjoys cheating at golf.

In fact, I read that he has made 211 daytime visits to golf clubs since his inauguration, with evidence of playing golf on at least 96 visits at a cost to taxpayers of about $109,000,000.

Would not it be cheap just to move the golf course closer to Washington DC?

pacificwest, I guess you just don't understand in the business world, golf is part of the ritual in discussing problems, strategizing, and making deals. Also applies in U.S. politics. Most of the U.S. presidents played golf.

https://www.ranker.com/list/golfing-presidents/mike-rothschild

(Interesting read: Obama played more than most presidents except Eisenhower, Clinton and Wilson; Clinton most prolific golfer since Eisenhower, played 400 rounds while in office; Johnson cheated at golf and discussed Civil Rights Acts with politicians while playing golf; Kennedy was a "closet golfer" hiding his habit while criticizing Eisenhower's golf habit; Roosevelt used to play golf before afflicted with polio; Woodrow Wilson holds the record for playing golf while in office: 1600 rounds.)

In Japan, don't CEOs make business deals in sake bars with hostesses hovering over them? Japanese politicians do the same. How much do all those drinks, hostesses and geishas cost the Japanese taxpayers?

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TRANSLATION: trump has not spoken yet!

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