President Donald Trump gave a very positive speech on how well the countries interacted and supported one another as he concluded his participation in the Group of Seven global summit in France.
President Trump told reporters at a joint press conference with French President Emanuel Macron that the summit was “truly successful” and that “tremendous unity” was on display.
“Sometimes I’d read a little bit of false reporting and I will tell you there was, in fact, we would have stayed for another hour. Nobody wanted to leave. We were accomplishing a lot, but I think more importantly we were getting along very well. Seven countries and it really was the G-7 and you have been a spectacular leader on this and I want to thank you and I want to thank the great country of France. Thank you very much,”President Trump said.
The United States and six of the world’s other advanced economies were there, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Italy. They discussed issues including trade policy, Russia, Iran, and climate change during the talks at a picturesque French beach resort. There was also talk to invite Russia back into the group.
Answering reporter questions during the news conference, Trump said China has taken a “hard hit” in recent months and he believes that Chinese leaders are sincere about wanting to reach a trade deal.
Trump said that China is serious about making a trade deal after his actions last week when he raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there.
“I think President Xi is a great leader who happens to be a brilliant man and he can’t lose 3 million jobs in a very short period of time and that’s going to be magnified many times over. And it’s going to break down the Chinese system of trade and he can’t do that. So, when you say do you think they want to—maybe they want to and maybe they don’t but I think they want to make a deal. I’m not sure they have a choice and I don’t say that as a threat. I don’t think they have a choice. In the meantime of the United States, which has never collected 10 cents from China, will in a fairly short period of time, be over $100 billion in tariffs. So I think they want to make a deal very badly, “said President Trump.
Macron said on Monday at the Group of Seven summit in France that he hopes Trump and the Iranian president will meet in the coming weeks.
The president also said that he’s open to meeting with Iran when the time is right, but in the meantime he hopes Iran will show themselves to be a “good player.” He said he has “good feelings about Iran” that things will work out and said “They are good people.”
Includes reporting from the Associated Press