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President Trump’s aides are reportedly frustrated that the focus of the Group of Seven summit in France between world leaders is too centered around “niche issues” instead of economic problems that the countries must tackle.
The New York Times reported that senior administration officials have accused French President Emmanuel Macron of purposely fixating the summit on issues that play into his favor at home, such as climate change, income inequality, and gender inequality. They blamed Macron for what they perceived as the French leader emphasizing “differences” with the Trump administration.
The article goes on to state the following:
U.S. officials also said they pleaded with Macron aides to shift some of the focus on global economic issues, but their requests were largely ignored. They said Macron had violated the tradition of the G-7 summit of ensuring that certain nations’ economic slowdowns do not advance globally.
The G-7 discussions are too centered around “niche issues” instead of economic problems, top Trump aides have complained.
“Trade and the global economy have gotten short shrift,” Larry Kudlow said. https://t.co/zE9sWjsd1R
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 25, 2019
President Trump gushed over his “special relationship” with Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit, even as members of the Trump administration sniped about the French https://t.co/6tkBsDz3fm
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 24, 2019
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) August 24, 2019
WATCH: Trump said his lunch with Macron was “the best hour and a half I’ve ever spent with him”.
But behind the scenes, U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity have said ties have been strained in the run-up to #G7Biarritz. French officials deny the allegations pic.twitter.com/aK7E3dGqNT
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) August 25, 2019
— CNN (@CNN) August 24, 2019
World leaders and their spouses posed for the traditional group photograph Sunday, August 25 at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, at the French resort city. pic.twitter.com/IRhanb6513
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) August 25, 2019
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