BIARRITZ, France – President Trump started his last day in the group of Seven Summits complaining about the media, but brought little evidence that he and other world leaders in France Had made progress in tackling the major global challenges ranging from a slowing economy to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The President went on Twitter to provide a response to the news coverage, which was dominated by the confused message of the Trump administration about the trade war with China and the arrival of the Iranian foreign minister in the G-7 on Sunday.
"In France, we all laugh at how knowingly inaccurate the US coverage of events and talks is in the G-7," Trump tweeted early Monday. "These and many other executives get a comprehensive case study on fake news at its finest! They've misunderstood everything from Iran to China tariffs to Boris!"
But when the summit reached its final day, there was little sign that Trump and other world leaders reached consensus on issues of concern, including trade, climate change and dealings with Iran, North Korea and Russia.
The efforts of the French to make a joint statement at the end of the summit illustrate this Gap between Trump and the other leaders meeting in the spa town, they know how the United States continues to move away from nations on a growing number of issues.
The negotiators from each country talked about late into the night Trade and other issues, but the US delegation blocked any consensus, said a senior European official and said under the Condition of anonymity to discuss the discussions in camera.
Monday was set A crucial day for Heads of State and Government as they wanted to reach a summit more marked by whiplash, mixed signals and surprises than concrete results.
Trump should meet on Monday with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also planned to attend working sessions on climate change and the digital economy. Trump planned to conclude the summit with a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron before returning to Washington.
He signaled on Monday that trade agreements are in motion.
"China called," said Trump. "They want to make a deal."
And he also tried to promote a potential trade with Japan, which he had announced the day before with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said it would boost car manufacturing in the United States.
Despite the White House's efforts to focus discussion on the global economy, Trump's own confused message – and one of the most unexpected guests – largely disrupted these plans on Sunday.
The president regretted his trade war with China on Sunday, only to let the White House change its position hours later. Trump was publicly disputed by several world leaders who disapproved of his positions on trade, Russia's exclusion from the G-7 and North Korea's missile tests. After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed that a new trade agreement with Japan would result in the country buying "massive" quantities of agricultural products from the United States, he made it clear that all purchases were made by the private sector – not by the government Government.
"The Japanese private sector is listening very strongly to the Japanese public sector," Trump replied.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made a surprise visit to Biarritz on Sunday, dominating coverage on a day when the US tried to direct the meeting to the economy.
This said Trump Macron had asked him on a Saturday noon if it was okay to invite Zarif the next day.
Macron "talked to me, he asked me. I said, "If you want to do that, that's fine." I do not think that's disrespectful at all, especially when he asked for my consent, "Trump said Monday.
"I think it's too early to meet, I did not want to meet," Trump said. But he said, "It really is time to meet with Iran."
By Sunday evening Trump had largely given up the planned focus on the global economy. He spent much of the evening retracing several conspiracy theories accusing corruption and misconduct at the FBI.
In a contribution to the G-7, the President underlined the comment of a libertarian Canadian media personality who accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of "taking a submissive position" when meeting with Trump, even though he was in "trash-talking" with Canada had spoken to him.
"No, we actually had a very good and productive meeting. Nice! "Trump tweeted in a post that also served to send the original tweet to the President with a picture showing a Trudeau cross-legged next to a stern-looking Trump 63 million followers.
After last year's G-7 in Canada, Trump drastically withdrew his support for a communiqué after watching Trudeau hold a press conference negating US tariffs ,
Trump tweeted at the time Trudeau "behaved so softly and mildly during our @ G7 meetings" and then held a fierce press conference "after I left".
Macron gave up the idea of persuading Trump to sign up The symbolic statements are usually made at the end of global summits, but US officials have resisted in recent years.
French officials early recognized that the Trump administration had no interest in agreeing to a joint statement and began recalling expectations.
The move reflects the Trump government's conviction that it does not have to coordinate its policies with other leaders, especially on issues that are close to the president's heart, such as trade. But it may also make it more difficult for leaders to address issues when they occur because they do not begin with the same understanding.
It also shows how other leading politicians have become more and more comfortable separating from the United States on political issues said Brian Klass, who teaches global politics at University College London.
he said. "But I think privately, most of the G-7 states panic about what Trump is doing with the trade war, they panic about his increasingly unpredictable behavior and wonder if they can continue to act as if everything runs as before. "