He will attend a dinner for Heads of State and Government on Saturday night at the foot of a tall white lighthouse on a rocky cliff overlooking the elegant Biarritz, the venue of this year's summit. The official talks begin on Sunday morning.
On the way to the summit, however, the slowing global economy seemed to be the most urgent matter. Trump insisted on a special session on Sunday morning to discuss it. Other politicians have blamed friends and enemies alike for slowing growth, shrinking manufacturing, and upsetting stock markets.
In fact, there is hardly any optimism the past. Trump has made his contempt for the summit clear and left the G7 of the last two years in a setback of sharpness. In conversations with adjutants in recent weeks, he has asked why he has to attend this year, and believes that this is a particularly unproductive use of his time, according to the persons familiar with the talks.
The G7 represents the world's most important economies and has a regular schedule on the US President's calendar for a long time. Membership includes the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom. In small group sessions with only the leaders and few attending aides, the most important economic and geopolitical problems in the world are discussed in detail.
Before he left, Trump insisted that he was looking forward to meeting with friends – although he admitted that this was not the case. Do not wait for chummy terms with each of the leaders he meets this weekend.
"I think it will be very productive to see the leaders who are mostly friends of mine," he said in a dark south lawn as he left the White House. "I would not say 100% of the cases, but mostly."
"I think we are. Our economy is doing very well," he said. "We have a bit of spit with China and we will win it."
Trump hopes to use the Sunday morning session to boast of his successes in boosting the US economy, especially compared to other countries in which signs of weakness appear.
"I would expect President Trump to speak openly about the policies he has seen in his own economy, and really want to work with other countries in the G7 to find out how we are growing in all economies There are markets and opportunities for all our workers and people, "said a government official about the president's goal of calling for business talks.
After past summits, Trump was annoyed with lengthy discussions about the environment and the oceans with his reaction, saying he did not feel enough room to announce his services as president.
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