President Trump arrives for G7 summit as global disputes threaten unity

President Trump arrives for G7 summit as global disputes threaten unity

As the global economy shudders, the Middle East boils and the Amazon rainforest burns , world leaders are convening on France’s Atlantic coast for a weekend of talks few believe can solve any of it. The Group of 7 meeting comes after a volatile week that saw President Donald Trump’s behavior appear ever more erratic and his position on the world stage appear ever more isolated. His fellow world leaders entered the weekend talks with little hope of wooing him toward a consensus view on the economy and other global flashpoints. Instead, they were gripping for discord. There is plenty to discuss. Festering foreign policy matters like Iran and fresh tensions between India and Pakistan are on the table. The summit’s host, French President Emmanuel Macron, says he also wants to address raging wildfires in the Amazon rainforest. Heading into the summit, however, the flagging global economy appeared the most pressing matter. Trump insisted on a special Sunday morning session to discuss it. Other leaders blame his use of tariffs — on friend and foe alike — for contributing to a global economic slump, causing manufacturing to contract and throwing equity markets into turmoil. There is scant optimism the G7 confab will yield the kind of solidarity against menacing forces it has produced in the past. Trump has made his disdain for the summit clear, leaving the past two years’ G7s in a backwash of acrimony. In conversations with aides over the past weeks, he has questioned why he […]

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