Theresa May defends Trump despite apparent snub at G-7 summit

Theresa May defends Trump despite apparent snub at G-7 summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday sought to cast herself as a moderate voice in an escalating feud between Trump and key U.S. allies as they head to the Group of Seven Summit in Canada.

Speaking to reporters en route to Quebec, May called on European Union leaders to put forth a “proportionate” response to steep U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum exports, according to the news outlet the Independent.

She also insisted that at last year’s G-7 Summit in Italy, Trump ultimately played a productive role, noting his agreement to work with allies to stop terrorist propaganda online.

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“Crucially, one of the issues we agreed on was taking down terrorist material online from the internet,” May said.

“It was important that America was sitting around that table and agreed that with us. We have been able to take action with companies in America as a result.”

May’s comments came after Trump on Thursday traded barbs with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, accusing their countries and other G-7 members of benefiting from one-sided trade arrangements with the U.S.

As the feud seemed to escalate, the White House announced on Thursday night that Trump would depart the G-7 summit early on Saturday to head to Singapore in advance of his planned meeting next week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

That meeting is set to take place on Tuesday. May on Friday acknowledged the importance of the Singapore meeting, apparently waving off the White House's decision to leave the G-7 summit early, a move that was widely perceived as a snub to G-7 members.

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