UPDATED 6:17 AM PT — Fri. June 8, 2018
The world watches as President Trump and our closest allies attend the 44th Annual G7 — or Group of Seven — summit this weekend in Quebec, Canada.
The president is set to meet with leaders from Mexico, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, the U.K. and Italy.
In a series of tweets on the eve of the summit, the president gave a glimpse of the issues he’s prioritizing for negotiations. This includies free and fair trade as well as other economic abuses affecting American workers.
Ahead of the summit, the White House held a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in an attempt to improve trade relations based on fairness and reciprocity between the two nations.
The president cited Section 232, a rarely used law allowing the U.S. to take actions in the interest of national security, in his continued efforts to secure free and fair trade.
His announcement of the previously delayed 10-percent tariff on imported aluminum and 25-percent tariff on steel, which initially passed in March but began last week, is expected to lead to negotiations as the president continues his ‘America first’ agenda.
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the theme of discussions center around what’s being described as mutually beneficial economic growth, gender equality, clean energy among other topics.
However, in an interview this week Trudeau acknowledged the challenges to be expected during the summit as President Trump continues his hard-line stance.
“There are questions about what is going to be the dynamic around the G7 table, and I can say it will be very similar to other G7 tables, where we highlight and discuss many things we’re agreed on and have differences opinion on other things,” Trudeau explained. “There’s no question that on trade, climate change, on some other issues, there will be differences of perspective.”
The summit last took place in Sicily, Italy, and will be hosted by the U.K. in 2019.
At the conclusion of the G7 Summit Saturday, President Trump is set to fly directly to Singapore for the long-awaited North Korea Summit, where historic talks with the nation’s leader Kim Jong Un are scheduled to take place on June 12.