Trump deepens G7 divide with shock call to readmit Russia

But Trump on Friday called on world leaders to allow Russian Federation back into the G7, the group of leading industrialized democracies.

Tension between President Donald Trump and traditionally close USA allies has overshadowed that worldwide meeting.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", he said.

And as if to add another irritant, Trump called for Russian Federation to be brought back into G7 and resurrect the G8 format, from which the Kremlin was expelled following Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its meddling in eastern Ukraine.

But in a freakish twist, Mr Trump's election campiagn is being investigated by America's Special Counsel over a possible interference and meddling made by Russian hackers.

The comments on Russian Federation may further inflame tensions with other leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May. "I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly center on the longtime unfair trade practised against the United States". "They understand. They're trying to act like, "Well, we fought with you in the wars" but they don't mention the fact that they have trade barriers against our farmers, they don't mention the fact that they're charging nearly 300-per-cent tariffs". According to White House statements, Trump last spoke to Putin on March 20.

Russian state news agency Tass reports that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters at a press conference that the two leaders discussed the possibility of a bilateral summit, including possible locations, during a recent phone call.

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Host Canada and its European allies are striving to put together a united front to oppose Trump's tariffs of aluminum, steel, cars and other exports, but the markets are rattled.

Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump's call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the hard ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties when they meet him during the summit.

The president also told advisers that he thinks attending the Group of Seven summit in rural Charlevoix, Quebec, was not a good use of his time because other world leaders attending oppose his policies and he "does not want to be lectured by them", The Washington Post reported, citing a trio of sources.

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

"Both share scepticism towards American hegemony and distrust USA intentions, both are authoritarian personalistic rulers", he said.

He is set to depart before Saturday's final session on climate change and fly to Singapore for a much-anticipated summit with the leader of North Korea.

  • Sonia Alvarado