United States  

Tensions bubble to the surface at the G7 summit

Video Credit: Reuters Studio - Duration: 02:32s - Published
Tensions bubble to the surface at the G7 summit

Tensions bubble to the surface at the G7 summit

Despite the smiles and bonhomie, a number of issues that divide the Group of Seven world leaders surfaced on Sunday - the first day of talks at the G7 Summit in Biarritz.

David Doyle reports.

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

Smiles and bonhomie may be on display at the G7 summit in France but bubbling tensions quickly surfaced on Sunday (August 25).

It was the first day of talks in Biarritz -- set against a backdrop of worries over a global economic downturn and disunity on a range of matters.

One such area: Iran.

European leaders have been trying to quell a confrontation between Washington and Tehran since the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Late on Saturday, G7 leaders agreed French President Emmanuel Macron should hold talks and pass on messages to Iran.

But Donald Trump pushed back, saying he hadn't signed off a statement Macron intends to give on the subject.

In a surprise move, Iran's foreign minister arrived in Biarritz on Sunday -- though a senior Iranian official said he had no plans to hold talks with Trump or any member of the U.S. delegation.

Before leaving Washington, Trump stepped up his trade dispute with China, and at a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Trump said his allies "respect" the tariff war.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JOURNALIST SAYING: "Mr President, are your allies pressuring you to give up the trade war with China?

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "No, not at all." Sat across the table, Johnson -- who is keen to keep the U.S. on side for a trade deal after Brexit -- offered a dissenting view.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "Just to register as a faint sheep-like note of our view on the trade war, we are in favor of trade peace on the whole." Johnson also met with EU Council President Donald Tusk -- just a day after they sparred over who would be to blame if the UK leaves the EU without a deal at the end of October.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "A demonstration of the closeness of the UK to our European friends, which will persist beyond October 31st, whatever happens." (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT, DONALD TUSK, SAYING: "Yeah, I couldn't agree more." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "That's right, that's the spirit." A British official said Johnson told Tusk the UK would leave the EU on October 31, whatever the circumstances.

An EU official said the meeting largely restated known positions.

And the tensions are not just confined to Biarritz.

In the neighboring city of Bayonne, protesters marched with 125 official portraits of Macron, stolen from town halls over the past three months.

They were carried upside down in defiance of Macron's policies on issues like climate change and social justice and to emphasize that images put on display may not live up to reality.




💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Boris Johnson discusses face coverings and urges Britons back to work [Video]

Boris Johnson discusses face coverings and urges Britons back to work

The Prime Minister has urged people to wear face coverings in confined places when meeting others they do not normally come into contact with. He added that people should start returning to work when they can.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 00:59Published
Boris Johnson thanks school leavers for their hard work during the pandemic [Video]

Boris Johnson thanks school leavers for their hard work during the pandemic

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a message of thanks to 2020 school leavers, who had their time in education curtailed by the coronavirus crisis.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:05Published
Starmer urges Johnson to apologise for comments on care homes [Video]

Starmer urges Johnson to apologise for comments on care homes

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called on Boris Johnson to apologise for his comments on care homes.Sir Keir said: “On Monday, when asked why care home deaths had been so high the Prime Minister said, and I quote, ‘too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have’.“That has caused huge offence to frontline care workers. It has now been 48 hours. Will the Prime Minister apologise to care workers?”Mr Johnson replied: “The last thing I wanted to do is to blame care workers for what has happened or for any of them to think that I was blaming them because they’ve worked hard, incredibly hard, throughout this crisis, looking after some of the most vulnerable people in our country and doing an outstanding job.”“And as he knows, tragically, 257 of them have lost their lives.“And when it comes to taking blame, I take full responsibility for what has happened.”

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:32Published
Boris Johnson evades questions on hospital parking fees [Video]

Boris Johnson evades questions on hospital parking fees

Prime Minister Boris Johnson evaded questions from Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer over reports that free parking for hospital staff will soon end. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 01:31Published
Boris: ‘I take full responsibility’ for care home failures [Video]

Boris: ‘I take full responsibility’ for care home failures

Boris Johnson has said he takes full responsibility for care home failures throughout the coronavirus outbreak. The Prime Minister’s comments come after opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer urged him to apologise for blaming care staff for failures. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 01:28Published

Donald Trump Donald Trump 45th president of the United States

Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Tops U.S. Record With Over 15,000 New Cases

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes for U.S. schools to reopen. Trump wears a mask publicly for the first time. And India’s latest surge includes a top..
NYTimes.com

Under Donald Trump, is the Republican Party better off than it was four years ago? No.

Republican silence to Trump commuting Roger Stone's sentence is just the latest way he has dumped the GOP on the wrong side of history: Our view

USATODAY.com

How President Donald Trump can get his campaign — and America — back on track

Trump campaign has been adrift. The Republican base is alive and well, but Trump voters need a reason to get excited, write Ed Rollins and Eric Beach.

USATODAY.com

'You can't do that': Fox News host Wallace confronts DeVos on threat to redirect funds from schools

Chris Wallace asked Betsy DeVos "under what authority" she and Trump were going to "unilaterally cut off funding" to schools that refuse to reopen.

USATODAY.com

Trump’s Health Officials Warn More Will Die as Covid Cases Rise

They struck a sober note on Sunday’s news programs, strongly urging the vast majority of people in hard-hit cities and states to wear masks and avoid large..
NYTimes.com

Emmanuel Macron Emmanuel Macron 25th President of the French Republic

Macron's new government: Five things to look out for in France in 2020 [Video]

Macron's new government: Five things to look out for in France in 2020

Macron's new government: Five things to look out for in France in 2020

Credit: Euronews English    Duration: 02:39Published
New French government named under Prime Minister Jean Castex in Macron reshuffle [Video]

New French government named under Prime Minister Jean Castex in Macron reshuffle

Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday a "new path" was necessary as his LREM party was dealt a blow during local elections last month. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)    Duration: 02:38Published
President Macron picks new prime minister [Video]

President Macron picks new prime minister

President Emmanuel Macron named Jean Castex, a top civil servant and local mayor who orchestrated France's coronavirus lockdown exit strategy, as his new prime minister on Friday as he acted to reinvent his administration and win back voters. Soraya Ali reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:40Published

Group of Seven Group of Seven International intergovernmental economic organization

India will be happy to work with US on expansion of G-7: Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu [Video]

India will be happy to work with US on expansion of G-7: Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu

Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu while referring to a recent telephonic conversation between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, said that the two leaders have been in "regular touch" and senior officials of two countries have been talking to each other. The Ambassador said India will be happy to work with the US as far as President Trump's desire to expand G-7 is concerned.

Credit: ANI    Duration: 01:28Published
Germany hasn't received confirmation of U.S. troop withdrawal [Video]

Germany hasn't received confirmation of U.S. troop withdrawal

Germany is still awaiting confirmation from the United States that it plans to withdraw 9,500 troops from the country. According to one senior Washington official, President Donald Trump gave the order last Friday. Adam Reed reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:35Published
Protests in Hong Kong as U.S. warns of sanctions [Video]

Protests in Hong Kong as U.S. warns of sanctions

Thousands of people on the streets again, as international concern rises over Beijing's plans to impose a security law in Hong Kong

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:34Published
Donald Trump moves forward with G7 plans [Video]

Donald Trump moves forward with G7 plans

US President Donald Trump, having cancelled the planned summer G7 meeting, said on Wednesday he was now considering rescheduling the event in Washington DC. The White House incumbent said it would be a “great sign to all” of things returning to normal during the coronavirus pandemic. Downing Street said the UK Government continued to be in talks with the US over how a summit could take place.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 00:35Published

Group of Seven (artists) Group of Seven (artists) Group of Canadian landscape painters

UK loses faith in government over virus: poll [Video]

UK loses faith in government over virus: poll

While confidence in governments is sliding among almost all of the world's economies, a new poll found the British public to be the most skeptical about their leaders. Adam Reed reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:09Published

European Union European Union Economic and political union of European states

Brexit: UK to spend €790m on new GB-EU border control systems ready for 2021 [Video]

Brexit: UK to spend €790m on new GB-EU border control systems ready for 2021

Brexit: UK to spend €790m on new GB-EU border control systems ready for 2021

Credit: Euronews English    Duration: 01:29Published
Government announces £700m for Britain-EU border [Video]

Government announces £700m for Britain-EU border

More than £700 million is to be spent on building new infrastructure, hiring staff and developing technology to ensure Britain’s border systems are fully operational when the UK leaves the EU at the end of the year.Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the major investment would ensure traders and the border industry are able to “manage the changes and seize the opportunities” when the transition period ends in December.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 00:48Published
Michael Gove announces £705m package for Britain-EU border [Video]

Michael Gove announces £705m package for Britain-EU border

More than £700 million is to be spent on building new infrastructure, hiring staff and developing technology to ensure Britain's border systems are fully operational when the UK leaves the EU at the end of the year. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the major investment would ensure traders and the border industry are able to "manage the changes and seize the opportunities" when the transition period ends in December. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 01:03Published

David Doyle (actor) David Doyle (actor) American actor

Fireworks in DC as Trump vows to defeat 'radical left' [Video]

Fireworks in DC as Trump vows to defeat 'radical left'

U.S. President Donald Trump doubled down on comments made at Mount Rushmore in an Independence Day address on Saturday, as protesters scuffled in the capital's streets. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 02:02Published
Singer's murder sparks Ethiopian unrest [Video]

Singer's murder sparks Ethiopian unrest

Thousands took to the streets of Addis Ababa on Tuesday to escort the body a popular protest singer to his home town. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:22Published
Belgian King's 'deep regret' over Congo suffering [Video]

Belgian King's 'deep regret' over Congo suffering

The king of Belgium has written to Democratic Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi to express his "deep regret" over Belgium's colonial past. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 02:03Published
UK stabbing attack a 'terrorist incident': police [Video]

UK stabbing attack a 'terrorist incident': police

British police say a stabbing attack that left three people dead has been declared a 'terrorist incident', as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said changes would be made to the law if necessary. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:18Published
Zimbabwean firm rolls into global cigar market [Video]

Zimbabwean firm rolls into global cigar market

A recently launched business is hoping to capitalize on Zimbabwe's famed tobacco to take on established players in the global cigar market. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 02:26Published

European Council European Council institution of the European Union

15th meeting of India-EU summit will be held in virtual mode on July 15: MEA [Video]

15th meeting of India-EU summit will be held in virtual mode on July 15: MEA

The official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava informed that 15th meeting of India-EU summit will be held in virtual mode on 15 July. Anurag Srivastava said, "The 15th meeting of India-EU summit will be held in virtual mode on 15 July. It will be co-chaired by Prime Minister, President of European Council and President of European Commission. The summit will review India-EU cooperation, also expected to discuss developments around COVID."

Credit: ANI    Duration: 01:00Published
Danish Prime Minister Postpones Weddings To Attend European Council Meeting [Video]

Danish Prime Minister Postpones Weddings To Attend European Council Meeting

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen postponed her wedding to attend the European Council meeting in July. According to CNN, EU leaders are to meet for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak. They plan to discuss the European budget and plants to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Prederiksen said while she was “looking forward to marrying this man,” she needs to do her job and “protect Denmark’s interests.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:32Published
Boris Johnson: UK and EU not that far off on trade talks [Video]

Boris Johnson: UK and EU not that far off on trade talks

Boris Johnson has said there is a “very good” chance of securing a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union as both sides agreed “new momentum” was needed to get negotiations back on track. The Prime Minister called for an agreement to be reached by the end of July after talks with the EU’s leaders. But European Council chief Charles Michel said the EU would not be pressured into buying a “pig in a poke” and insisted Brussels would stand by its demands for the UK to agree to a “level playing field” to ensure fair competition.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:09Published
MEPs call for 'decisive action' over rule of law in Poland [Video]

MEPs call for 'decisive action' over rule of law in Poland

Brussels has long voiced concerns over the threats to judicial independence in Poland but the European Council has not taken any formal action to suspend the country's voting rights. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)    Duration: 02:09Published

You Might Like


Tweets about this