As world leaders gather in France, how Trump has changed the G-7

As world leaders gather in France, how Trump has changed the G-7


JUDY WOODRUFF: This evening, President Trump
will be leaving Washington for Southwest France,
for this weekend’s G7 summit of world leaders.
Our White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor,
is there ahead of the president’s arrival.
So hello, Yamiche.
Given all that’s going on today, it makes
one wonder if these leaders are prepared for
the unpredictability around President Trump.
YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Well, world leaders were
already bracing for the president to be an
unpredictable part of the G7 here in France.
And now they’re even more anxious, given the
fact that the president has gone after the
Federal Reserve chair and he is now escalating
the trade war with China, saying that he is
going to be escalating tariffs on them.
And the important thing to note is that President
Trump has had several raucous G7s.
Last year, he refused to sign the joint communique
that the others signed.
As a result, the French president, Emmanuel
Macron, said there won’t even be joint communique
floated this year.
That’s really the president then changing
the way that international organizations and
international groups are functioning.
The president also pushed for and successfully
got added to the G7 schedule a meeting about
global economies.
President Trump wants to use that meeting
to talk about how strong the American economy
is, and really talk about the fact that there
isn’t a recession coming, even though some
economic — economists are really worried
about that.
He wants to also say that European leaders
need to be pushing their economies to grow
faster, and that the U.S. is really a leader
on the economic world stage.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And, in fact, Yamiche, we know
the world leaders are planning to talk about
their concerns about a global slowdown.
Do they have a plan in mind for what to do
about that?
YAMICHE ALCINDOR: World leaders are very,
very worried about the economic slowdowns
that are happening all across the world.
I have been talking to foreign experts about
this.
And they say not only is the U.S. looking
at an economic slowdown, but there’s China,
there’s Germany, there’s Japan.
All of those countries are looking down the
line and seeing risky issues with their economy.
The president doesn’t have the same ideals
as a lot of the world leaders that are coming
here to France.
A lot of them want to use the power of their
— of the meeting of the G7 to work on trade
issues, to work on climate change.
The president doesn’t have the same views.
So, there are a lot of people saying that
this is really the G6, plus one, which is
the United States.
There isn’t right now a clear idea of what
world leaders want to do to try to stop these
economic — economies from slowing down.
But what we see is people really coming here
with a lot of anxiety.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And finally, Yamiche, and very
quickly, we know they’re also going to be
talking about security issues around Russia,
around Iran.
Do they have a clear plan in mind for either
one?
YAMICHE ALCINDOR: President Trump has been
using misleading information about why Russia
was kicked out of what used to be the G8.
They were kicked out because they annexed
Crimea, which was a sovereign part of the
Ukraine.
President Trump has been using the false claim
that Russia was kicked out because President
Trump (sic) got outsmarted.
It’s still unclear whether or not world leaders
are going to be open to the idea of even talking
about Russia coming back into the G7, because
experts tell me Russia’s behavior hasn’t changed.
Add to that the fact that the French president,
Emmanuel Macron, wants to talk about the Iran
nuclear deal and wants to use the G7 to ease
tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
The president is going to be sitting down
with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the U.K.,
and they’re going to be talking about Brexit
and that issue.
So it’s still early to say how the security
issues are going to shake out here.
JUDY WOODRUFF: All right, a lot to keep an
eye on you.
Yamiche Alcindor there reporting for us, the
G7 meetings getting under way tomorrow in
Southwest France.
Thank you, Yamiche.
YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Thanks, Judy.

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