Tension Between Trump, World Leaders Takes Spotlight at G-7 Summit

from The Wall Street Journal,

The U.S. president doubled down on a trade war with China and Macron met with Iran’s foreign minister on the sidelines.

President Trump clashed with world leaders over the U.S. trade war with China and a host of foreign-policy issues at a Group of Seven summit that showed his isolation on the world stage. A weekend of meetings at this sea resort included an unexpected visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at France’s invitation that caught some U.S. officials off guard. Mr. Zarif, who was sanctioned by the U.S. last month, met with French President Emmanuel Macron and other French officials and briefed the U.K. and German delegations. Hours later, he left Biarritz without meeting U.S. officials. Throughout the summit, attempts at bonhomie—Mr. Trump kissed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on both cheeks—gave way to tensions. G-7 leaders tried to squeeze concessions from Mr. Trump on Iran and other issues over closed-door meals, beyond the reach of White House advisers and TV cameras. But Mr. Trump responded by doubling down on his policies and offering accounts of group meetings that conflicted with other countries’ descriptions.

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