Donald Trump's affinity with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be put to the test this weekend as leaders of the world's most prosperous countries come together in Biarritz, France.
Johnson is Trump's only natural ally among the G7 countries – a group consisting of Germany, France, Italy, Canada, the US, the UK and Japan – and the two leaders have set weekly strategies last month.
& # 39; He and I are very attuned to each other. We feel very good about each other & # 39 ;, Trump said last week.
In his trade-off with Beijing, the American leader may find no better support than the newly emerged Johnson, who is still considering taking part in Trump's crusade against Chinese telecom company Huawei.
Donald Trump's affinity with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is put to the test this weekend as leaders of the most prosperous countries meet in Biarritz, France
Johnson is Trump's only natural ally among the G7 countries – a group consisting of Germany, France, Italy, Canada, the US, the UK, and Japan. The British prime minister is shown Friday in England
A self-defined nationalist who has broken with fellow leaders on climate change, Russian aggression and the Iranian nuclear pact, Trump & # 39; s rejection of globalism and his aversion to multinational organizations is likely to make him feel unexpectedly isolated, even with Johnson on the negotiating table.
"We will clearly continue to see some really serious differences," Leslie Vinjamuri, a senior fellow in the US-UK relationship at Chatham House, told DailyMail.com. & # 39; You can't wait for your friends to arrive. Great Britain is a democracy with its own set of interests. & # 39;
The UK has remained steadfast in its partnership with regional key allies, although Johnson & # 39; s interest in European priorities such as global warming is softer than its immediate predecessors. That support is unlikely to change even after the Brexit.
Trump and Johnson share the same general worldview on an economic basis.
& # 39; And that's really all we care about, said White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, on the US agenda at the remote conference on Thursday.
Trump will be one pro-jobs, pro-growth agenda focused on free, fair and reciprocal trade, said another senior administrative officer, who outlined an American urge to return to the mandate of the group consisting of & # 39; the world's most advanced economies.
The G7 began as a response to the oil crisis and has grown to address foreign policy issues, the official told journalists during a call for a preview of the summit. & # 39; But the core is really about global growth and the state of the economy. & # 39;
A top agenda shifts towards liberal initiatives that Emmanuel Macron favors such income and gender equality and the health and protection of the planet.
It starts Saturday evening with a greeting and an informal dinner for visiting Heads of State and their best assistants and ends Monday with one-sided press conferences.
African leaders from five countries, the Australian Prime Minister, the Indian Prime Minister and the Chilean President have also been invited to participate in conversations at the seaside town famous for well-to-do tourists.
In addition to private work sessions, Trump maintains one-off contacts with most of his colleagues, including Angela Merkel, the Macron in France, Justin Trudeau in Canada, Narendra Modi in India and Johnson in the UK.
Each of those discussions has a separate agenda that is aimed at the participating countries.
Merkel can expect another reading from Trump about LNG and Germany's dependence on natural gas and the US for military support, even if it does not reach the threshold recommended by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Protests in Hong Kong will be central to a planned bilat with Trudeau.
Canada has more than 300,000 expats living in the autonomous region of China, and the government is helping to run a pressure campaign on Beijing to uphold Hong Kong's constitutional rights and preserve peace.
Trump will devote a meeting with Modi to the Kashimir conflict, which he & # 39; explosively & # 39; when he offered to mediate in peace talks.
& # 39; Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have the Hindus and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn't say they get along so well. And that's what you have now, & said the US president.
In his first personal conversation with Johnson since the conservative replaced Theresa May as prime minister, the White House said that Trump will seek to improve the & # 39; very close partnership that the US and the UK enjoy & # 39; and work on a free trade agreement with Britain.
& # 39; We are very excited about that prospect & # 39 ;, said a senior US official Thursday in a G7 preview for the US press.
Trump's support for a deal or no deal exit from the EU has created an opening for a return to the & # 39; special relationship & # 39; between the countries that soured when May was in office.
A diplomatic quarrel at the end of her tenure caused the resignation of the British ambassador after The Daily Mail had revealed his unflattering display of Trump in private cables. Trump played in tweets for clumsy Brexit, demanding the head of the diplomat.
His anger was calmed by the election of Johnson, with whom he had said he would rather work. The leaders have discussed a trade agreement and the Brexit four times in so many weeks.
& # 39; They are probably – I don't want our & # 39; neighbor & # 39; because I don't want to offend other people, but certainly – or countries – but they are certainly one of our closest allies around the world, & # 39; told US President DailyMail.com and other reporters last Thursday .
He added: & # 39; And we are going to have a fantastic relationship with the UK. And we are going to have a great trade agreement with the UK. And that goes fast. & # 39;
In other words: & # 39; This is as good as it is going to get for this American president, in terms of a leader he can work with in Europe & # 39 ;, said Vinjamuri.
Trump has forged closer ties with Macron despite their ideological differences. He traveled to France three times in two years since the 41-year-old populist took office and called him the guest of honor during his first and only state dinner at the White House.
However, their relationship was under pressure this week, after the White House claimed that Macron was introducing the idea that Russia would join the G7 again, despite the ongoing occupation of Crimea, in a telephone conversation with Trump prior to the summit that France is organizing this year for the sixth time since the group's launch in 1975.
Macron then told reporters that it was a & # 39; strategic error & # 39; and & # 39; the weakness of the G7 would sign off & # 39; for Russia to be invited without conditions.
The White House says that Trump also had to force a discussion about the global economy and his desire for trade agreements that are more favorable to the US after Macron deliberately excluded a session about the dispute from the Biarritz agenda.
At Trump's insistence, the president's advisers say that Macron has added a Saturday morning meeting to the schedule that includes the president's trade complaints.
& # 39; At the moment there is, as you know, very little economic growth: Europe is on the verge, Japan is faltering with China. And we think it's high time we had a good group discussion about the allies on how to promote economic growth and prosperity and lower trade barriers and stabilize currencies, & said Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, to reporters on Thursday.
He concluded: & # 39; That will therefore be formally on the formal agenda. And that is really all we care about. & # 39;
Macron will, in turn, try to push the needle on environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, according to a press package.
& # 39; At the Biarritz Summit, France will build on its past and current efforts to support CO2 neutrality at European level by 2050, by encouraging more countries to accept this essential goal & # 39 ;, says an overview of the G7 agenda.
A discussion about Russia and its future participation is not on the agenda, but the White House said that Trump is likely to raise the issue in closed doors.
He said this week that it & # 39; fitting & # 39; would be for the G7 countries to allow Russia to rejoin the ranks of the informal organization.
Macron and Johnson openly rejected him, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday at a joint press conference with the annexation of US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo that Russia's participation is excluded until Crimea is abandoned.
& # 39; I think we are all delighted to welcome a Russia that tried again to join a good reputation of our like-minded group of countries, a group of countries committed to the rule of law, a group of countries committed to for democracy, & # 39; she said. & # 39; And the way in which Russia shows that it wants to do that is to leave Crimea and end the war in the Donbas. It's very simple. & # 39;
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