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

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"I think we had a very open and direct discussion this afternoon, we've always had this kind of discussion".

"The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six-country agreement if need be", Macron said and later tweeted in English.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said her country "will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal" application of tariffs. He then took questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes, where he threatened to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement if he can't make a better deal with America's neighbors.

The remarks caused an immediate reaction from the G7's other leaders.

The French president also noted that even if the United States insists on isolating itself from its allies, the Trump administration won't last forever - and Europe can chart its own course.

"We've had really a very good relationship, very special", the U.S. president said of Macron, a day after the two leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter.

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back" when Trudeau said at the end of the Group of Seven summit that Canada wouldn't be pushed around by the USA and its trade tariffs.

He added that he would have a "useful" and "frank" exchange with Trump at the next G7 summit in Canada on Thursday and Friday about issues on which they agree and also those on which they disagree.

By the time he sat face-to-face with Macron, though, Trump was publicly heralding "progress" on the very issues he'd been grousing about.

He made the comment at the White House yesterday after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against long-time allies over USA trade practices. "We just go ahead and do things", Macron said.

Trump argued that Moscow was too important to isolate.

The decision led to a "terrible" call between Macron and Trump that became testy, CNN reported.

Before the president arrived at the summit, he criticized Canadian tariffs on USA dairy products, adding that he was "looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

Trudeau, much like Macron, also attempted to take a gentler approach to Trump in the early days of Trump's presidency.

He arrived behind schedule and planned an early leave from the G7 meeting today for Singapore, where he will attend the highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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