China, Russia, cementing rising Eastern bloc as Trump rattles G7

President Donald Trump arrives to participate in the G7 Summit welcome ceremony Friday

President Donald Trump arrives to participate in the G7 Summit welcome ceremony Friday

In Paris, Macron's office said it wouldn't make sense and pointed out that the latest country to impose economic sanctions on Russian Federation was the U.S. Italy's new premier, Giuseppe Conte, tweeted that he agreed with Trump, saying: "Russia should go back into the G-8".

Discussion on "solving the Korean Peninsula's nuclear problem" must involve the lifting of sanctions on North Korea, Lavrov told his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho before meeting Kim, Russia's state-run Tass news service reported.

Xi was also quoted by state news agency Xinhua as saying: "No matter how worldwide situations change, China and Russian Federation always firmly support each other in defending their respective core interests".

The move came after Trump refused to endorse a G-7 statement.

Charlevoix Canada. From left British Prime Minis
Charlevoix Canada. From left British Prime Minis

Macron said, in part, "sometimes we disagree but we always speak and share I think common concerns and common values, and we share a willingness to deliver and get results together".

The report said the message from Kim was sent to Putin and the people of Russian Federation on the occasion of Russia's National Day which falls on June 12.

White House aide Larry Kudlow tells CNN's "State of the Union" says Trudeau has done a "great disservice" to the G-7 by saying Canada had to stand up for itself and that the USA was responsible for the problem with tariffs.

"The rules-based global order is being challenged, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor: the United States", said European Council President Donald Tusk. "We will stand by them and anyone who would depart from them... shows their incoherence and inconsistency".

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Donald Trump accused the European Union of a "brutal" approach to trade with the United States and warned that retaliating to American steel tariffs would be a mistake.

At the summit in La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, the G7 leaders formally agreed to set up a new rapid response mechanism. "I am confident that our joint efforts will continue to serve further strengthening of the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Russian Federation in the interests of our peoples and countries traditionally linked by close friendly and good neighborly ties", President Aliyev said in his message.

Trump's remarks were the latest show of disunity between the US and the other six nations meeting at a resort on the Saint Lawrence River this weekend.

Trump said he "may leave a little bit early" from the G-7 meeting.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that Trump was turning United States foreign policy "into an worldwide joke, doing lasting damage to our country". "We need to reject selfish, short-sighted and closed policies, uphold the rules of the World Trade Organization, support the multilateral trading system and build an open world economy".

Trump is telling reporters that he told world leaders that the US will take whatever steps necessary to prevent unfair foreign trade practices.

Trump is in Singapore for his historic meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong Un.

But to Trump, the very idea of worldwide cooperation is anathema.

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