'We Don't Mind Being 6' Macron Says G-7 Doesn't Need US

Trade Tensions With Canada Rise Ahead of G-7

But observers point out that the group has never before failed to agree on some form of final communique, even in 1985, when they were likewise divided over trade.

"If the U.S. decides to withdraw from its global role, it would be bad for the United States economy and image, and Trump knows that", Macron noted.

They tellingly talked up the Canada-Europe Union trade agreement as a model for global trade that supports sustainable development, independent dispute settlement, and is already boosting trade between the partners.

Corker, whose state of Tennessee is home to foreign and domestic auto plants, questioned Trump's national security justification in a statement last week.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has invested in a warm personal relationship with Trump, said the other G7 nations - Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as France - should remain "polite" and productive but warned that "no leader is forever", a sign that Europe would not surrender meekly to the USA president.

Earlier, the White House's top economic adviser said Mr Trump would not be backing down from the tough line he has taken on trade, setting the stage for a showdown at the summit. "But no one lives for ever", Macron responded.

"The G7 is an opportunity for us to gather and have frank and direct conversations, and I'm very much looking forward to that", he said. "We are going to defend our industries and our workers", he said. "When we can underscore this, and we see that there's a lot of pressure within the USA, perhaps he will revise his position".

On the eve of the G7 Summit, President Donald Trump is sharing his thoughts about trade on his favorite platform, Twitter.

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He told reporters: "Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be". But he defended that approach, saying, "there is a friendship between our two peoples".

It also comes hours after Trudeau said that it is "inconceivable and quite frankly insulting" that the Trump administration would invoke national security in justifying the tariffs.

She said the tariffs could have an impact on everyone because they create a "climate of uncertainty and chaos" that threatens to put a chill on things like investments.

In early May, Trump announced that the USA would reinstate sanctions on Iran, breaking with the landmark nuclear agreement made in 2015.

Trump is scheduled to head to Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada for the G7 meeting on Friday to sit down with the leaders of the US's closest allies. He re-imposed sanctions against companies doing business with Iran.

"And I would just say to all of Canada's American friends - and there are so many - seriously?"

It has also been suggested that Mr Trump had not been keen to attend the summit at all, with expected criticism and his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looming.

Mr Macron's comments reflect tensions over trade that threaten to overshadow the two-day summit in Quebec tomorrow and Saturday.

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