France's Macron seeks to forge European front against Trump
President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, June 8, 2018 6:49AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, June 8, 2018 7:18AM EDT
PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to take the lead of the European brigade against U.S. President Donald Trump at the summit of the Group of Seven wealthy countries in Canada.
Macron called a meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, new Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and top EU officials just before the G7 opening.
He told reporters the United States' attitude must lead other nations to "reforge the European front."
European leaders criticize the U.S. decision to impose protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum and to exit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.
Tweeting in English, Macron stressed: "No leader is eternal. We inherit commitments which are beyond us. We take them on. That is the life of nations."