Trump on relationship with G7 leaders: It wasn’t 'rocky,' it was great
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE insists that his relationship with the Group of Seven (G-7) leaders remains “great.”

“It really wasn’t rocky when I left. It was great,” told Fox News on Wednesday.

Trump said he even got the chance to speak with Japanese Prime Minister Abe after the G-7 summit over the weekend, and that Abe gave him positive reviews despite reports of growing tensions between Trump, Merkel and other G-7 leaders over trade disputes.

“I spoke to him just recently,” Trump said. “I just told him about what had happened. And he said its amazing because when you left it was like fine.” 

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“And then I saw what took place at this news conference,” the president continued. “I said that is not really what happened.”

Trump’s remarks comes amid heightened conflict between the president and other G-7 members after Trump imposed steep steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and the European Union and also suggested Russia be reinstated into the group. 

A day before Trump's call for Russia to join economic talks, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a sharp remark to Trump, saying the remaining six countries of the G-7 "don’t mind being six, if needs be."

“The six countries of the G-7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market," Macron said during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday. “There will be no world hegemony if we know how to organize ourselves. And we don’t want there to be one."

Trump, following the press conference, attacked Trudeau as “very dishonest & weak” on Twitter.