Macron handshake leaves mark on Trump

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In posts on Twitter ahead of the summit, Trump lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

A photograph of world leaders from the Group of Seven nations with the most advanced economies surrounding Donald Trump, first shared on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's official Instagram account, went viral on social media over the weekend, inviting a flurry of jokes and multiple caption contests.

The US president is facing a backlash from leaders in Canada and Europe over tariffs he imposed last week on steel and aluminium, as well as his decisions to walk away from worldwide deals to address Iran's nuclear programme and climate change. France's President Emmanuel Macron also put a fearless face on the encounter.

The remaining six leaders are intent on bending Trump's ear before the President departs early for his talks in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He's proven himself to be a leader on the world stage.

And at the same time as western nations are at loggerheads, the U.S. president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington's traditional allies.

Trade battle lines were drawn even before he arrived in a series of dueling tweets and statements between Trump and his onetime friend French President Emmanuel Macron.

Europe will not let Trump do "whatever he pleases", the German chancellor said, adding that "we will not allow ourselves to be deceived again and again". But Trump emerged from the White House South Portico 30 minutes late on Friday morning, and spent another 20 minutes talking to reporters.

Some Twitter users did not agree with Bolton's opinion, criticizing Trump's policies and the way his administration deals with U.S. allies.

Final preparations under way for Trump-Kim summit
The White House said the daylong summit would also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders. It will take place after some tension, when the nations exchanged insults, and Trump famously called Kim " little rocket man ".

Mr. Macron, feuding with Mr. Trump over USA steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, tweeted that he and the other six leaders were prepared to turn their backs on Mr. Trump at the summit.

In case ya missed it, the leaders of Germany, Canada, Japan, United States, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom have come together to talk global issues.

Back in Europe, the magazine for Sueddeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest daily newspapers in Germany, had a different view: that of an exasperated mother speaking to her insolent son.

Turning to Russia, Merkel said she could imagine Moscow re-joining the G7 format at some point, but there first had to be progress in the implementation of the peace plan for Ukraine.

Leaders have struggled to find ways of getting through to Trump and persuading him to budge from his pre-established positions.

Russian Federation was expelled following Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, which Mr Trump characterised as "something happened a while ago".

Mr Trump will skip G7 meetings about climate change, clean energy and ocean protection. While Merkel, in the picture, can be seen standing behind a table with both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents, Trump with his arms crossed stares back.

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