AGENCYBiarritz: An isolated President Donald Trump arrived on Saturday for the G7 summit in Biarritz bearing threats of tariffs against host France and a decision to deepen his trade war with China, despite fears of US or even global recession. Trump dislikes the kind of multilateral forums epitomised by the G7, insisting on a policy of “America first” and his own skills, honed in a real estate career, of one-to-one deal making. Ahead of the summit in the elegant French seaside resort, he has criticised most of his partners, rowing with them over Iran, trade, global warming and Brexit. And on the eve of his trip, he brushed aside concerns of global economic slowdown to exchange new tariffs with China, insisting “we’ll win.” In another piece of brinkmanship, he also confirmed right before departing on the Marine One helicopter that he would retaliate against France’s iconic wine exports if President Emmanuel Macron didn’t retreat on a new tax that will hit US digital giants like Google. “We’ll be taxing their wine like they’ve never seen before,” he vowed. The other G7 leaders — from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan — are waiting for Trump with a mixture of alarm and resignation. Macron has even decided that for the first time the G7 won’t issue a group statement at the end of the summit, given the extent of divisions.
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