If Trump Doesn't Care About Isolation, We Don't Mind Being G6, Says French President Macron

| June 8 , 2018 , 17:36 IST

US President Donald Trump since coming into office in January 2017 has made a series of bold decisions, the latest of which being slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from various nations, even allies such as Canada and the European Union.

French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of the G7 meet on Friday hinted at hostility towards Trump, saying that if the US President doesn't care about "being isolated," then G7 may be better off being G6.

Slamming Trump for "unproductive" tariffs that are “unilateral and illegal” and preventing other nations from dealing with Iran, Macron said that nothing “is forever” and even Trump's presidency would come to an end.

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"The six countries of the G7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market,” said Macron referring to the other G7 nations, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom.

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be,” he said.

“I would like to say Mr. Trump that the measures taken are counterproductive. We can’t engage in a trade war against friends,” Macron said.

“A trade war doesn’t spare anyone. It will start first of all to hurt US workers, and the cost of raw materials will rise, and industries will become less competitive,” he warned.

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The French President also condemned Trump over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying that while it was the choice of the US to participate in the deal, the US should not prevent other nations from dealing with it.

“If you are not comfortable with the agreement [on Iran] signed by your predecessor, do not prevent other people from keeping it and do not push Iran out of it. That is the best option we have today,” Macron said during the joint press conference with Trudeau.

“We will have to work all together on a broader agreement with Iran and [other] countries in the region, our allies,” he said, apparently referring to the Gulf monarchies.

“We have to look at the future there, we have to look at what happens in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and we have to find a way to work in this extremely tense context,” Macron added.