What’s shaping up to be an acrimonious summit

The CBC reports a slight disagreement between Trudeau and Macron on the one hand and Trump on the other.

Canada and France plan to take what their leaders describe as a polite, persuasive but firm approach to Donald Trump at the G7 summit, warning the U.S. president that his punishing trade tariffs will backfire and harm America’s economy and workforce.

But as he prepared to travel to Canada, Trump’s Twitter feed suggested Thursday night that the president is in a mood to push back.

“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things,” Trump tweeted.

Ah oui, so indignant, so unlike our own calm, polite, reasonable, affable president.

On the eve of what’s shaping up to be an acrimonious summit in Charlevoix, Que., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron offered support for and “solidarity” with the U.S. president’s efforts to denuclearize North Korea, but they denounced his decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The two leaders have a blunt message for Trump.

“American jobs are on the line because of his actions and because of his administration,” Trudeau said at a joint news conference on Parliament Hill Thursday. “When we can underscore this, and we see that there’s a lot of pressure within the U.S., perhaps he will revise his position.”

Or perhaps he’ll throw a tantrum, or declare war, or fire Jeff Sessions. There’s just no telling when you have a toddler for president.

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