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When asked about why he skipped the G7 session on the climate crisis, Trump was dismissive of the threat it represents.
Trump told reporters in Biarritz, France, that he was proud of the United States’ “tremendous wealth” and that he was “not going to lose that wealth on dreams, on windmills.”
Trump has concluded his press conference to close out the G7 summit in Biarritz, France. He spoke to reporters for about half an hour after appearing alongside the French president, Emmanuel Macron, for roughly 35 minutes.
The last question Trump took had to do with the climate crisis. The president told reporters, “I’m an environmentalist. People don’t understand that.”
Trump said he would soon be visiting Germany at the request of the country’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. He also intends to travel to Australia.
The US president sat down with Merkel earlier today and indicated that the meeting had gone well.
Trump has repeatedly mentioned his company’s properties during the closing news conference of the G7.
“I love the UK” says @realDonaldTrump when asked about the new prime minister, US-UK trade deal. Trump listed his UK golf properties, naming Turnberry, Aberdeen but also mentioned Doonbeg which is located in the Republic of Ireland and the not in the UK.
Trump offered a very defensive, sarcastic apology when he was asked about the strategy behind escalating his trade war with China even as global markets struggled because of it.
“Sorry! It’s the way I negotiate,” Trump said. “It’s the way I negotiate. It’s done very well for me over the years, and it’s done even better for the country.”
On the question of potentially hosting the 2020 G7 summit at his Florida resort, Trump also touted the site’s “magnificent” buildings and the size of its ballrooms, arguing that it was the best of the dozen locations his administration was considering.
“My people looked at 12 sites,” Trump says, but says, at Doral, he has a series of “magnificent buildings, we call them bungalows. “Incredible conference rooms. Incredible restaurants.” Says there will be parking. “Ballrooms are among the biggest in Florida, and the best.”
PBS Newshour’s Yamiche Alcindor asked Trump why he considered it appropriate to invite Russia to the G7 after the country was found to have meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
The US president went on to tout his 2016 victory and then blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for his relations with Russia.
In response to a question about his Florida resort potentially hosting the G7 summit next year, Trump repeated his unsubstantiated claim that the presidency was costing him between $3bn and $5bn.
He went on to argue that Trump National Doral Miami offered many benefits as a G7 site, including its proximity to the airport and parking availability.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has left the closing news conference of the G7. Trump will now take more questions from US journalists.
Before Macron left, Trump was asked about whether he would drop his proposal of a digital tax on France, given that first lady Melania Trump had appeared to enjoy French wine during their trip.
Trump said he would consider meeting with the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, under the right circumstances.
“If the circumstances were correct or right, I would certainly agree to that,” the president said. “But in the meantime, they have to be good players.”
Trump also said that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, kept him in the loop about every decision he made regarding the G7 summit.
The French leader’s decision to invite Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, to the summit had sparked speculation that Macron was trying to force the US president’s hand on softening his stance toward Iran.
Trump re: Macron inviting Zarif to the sidelines of the G7: “President Macron told me every step he was making. He told me long before he came in what was happening. I didn’t think it was appropriate to meet yesterday, too soon, and things have to be worked out first”
Asked about the Iranian nuclear deal, Trump said that Iran was “not the same country” it was when he came into office but that he considered it to be a “country of tremendous potential.”
Trump emphasized that the United States was not looking for a leadership change in Iran, instead simply looking to ensure that the country would not develop nuclear missiles.
Trump said he believed China wanted to reach a trade deal and that he considered their statements about doing so to be sincere. He added that he considered the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to be a “great leader” and a “brilliant man.”
But he did not repeat his previous claim that China called US officials to restart trade talks, an assertion that Beijing denied.
At press conference, the president says he believes China does want to negotiate on trade but does not repeat his earlier assertion that a phone call was received last night. He says he saw a statement from Chinese vice premier favoring a return to “calm.”
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, said that Trump appeared willing during the G7 summit to quickly strike a deal with China on its trade war.
“President Trump clearly showed his willingness to reach an agreement,” Macron said, adding that France supported such a scenario. “Our deep wish is for an agreement to be reached between the United States and China.”
Trump said that the leaders at the G-7 had gotten along very well and that the participants were hesitant to adjourn the summit. “We would have stayed another hour,” Trump said. “Nobody wanted to leave.”
Emmanuel Macron said that he and Trump had reached an agreement on the digital tax dispute and that the US president has been in talks with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, about their trade war.
BIARRITZ, France (AP) — French president says “roadmap of sorts” has been set out in the G-7 summit after the visit of Iranian foreign minister. pic.twitter.com/vomrlXSwdL
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, kicked off the joint news conference by saying (according to CNN’s translation) that participants of the summit had engaged in “extremely productive work.”
“There was a lot of nervousness at the outset, a lot of expectations, a lot of tension,” Macron said, adding that participants were “keen to convey a positive and joint message.”
Trump and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, have arrived for the closing news conference of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France — just an hour later than expected.
Trump and the French president are expected to take just two questions each from US and French journalists before Emmanuel Macron leaves, a White House spokesperson said.
Brace yourselves, folks. @hogangidley45 just told press that Trump & Macron will take 2 questions each from French & U.S press THEN Macron will leave and Trump will answer “as many questions as we want”
The White House has asked reporters at the G7 closing news conference to stick to questions about the summit and said Trump may talk to the press corps more after the French president, Emmanuel Macron, leaves.
A WH spokesman just told reporters that Trump and Macron would prefer the questions be about the summit and that Trump would answer more questions after Macron leaves the room.
Reporters in Biarritz, France, are still waiting for Trump and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to start their closing news conference at the G7 summit. But this minor feat from three US television journalists entertained the press corps in the meantime:
Funny moment as we wait for President Trump’s press conference — @Acosta @HallieJackson and @johnrobertsFox were all talking live at the same time. When they finished, the press here in the room watching burst into applause pic.twitter.com/h0VdcSJLZt
Trump and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, will soon hold their closing news conference at the G7 summit in Biarritz. The presser was originally set to start at 9.30am ET, but the leaders are running more than a half hour behind schedule.
Will Hurd, a Republican congressman from Texas, wrote a USA Today op-ed arguing that “decoupling from China in the global economy is simply unrealistic”.
Over the past two decades as a former CIA officer, partner in an international strategic consulting firm and now member of Congress on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I’ve seen how the Chinese government has threatened global supply chains, stolen American intellectual property and economically bullied smaller countries. Instead of pursuing a 19th century tit-for-tat tariff war, which is a self-imposed sales tax on American consumers, we should be collaborating with our allies to out-innovate China …
A common mistake in Washington is thinking about US-China competition through a cold war mentality that views Beijing as an adversary that we can contain and isolate like the Soviet Union. The United States and China are economically intertwined in a way that America and the Soviet Union never were and that America and Russia are not today. Regardless of presidential tweets saying that ‘we don’t need China’ and that US companies should find alternative markets, decoupling from China in the global economy is simply unrealistic and would be in neither country’s interest.
Trump said during a joint appearance with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, that his administration was still entertaining other possibilities, but he emphasized the merits of his resort for hosting the event.
This is so over-the-top, blatantly corrupt and absolutely nothing will be done about it. https://t.co/C0lf1opdqW
The president was not present for a G7 climate meeting at which world leaders decided to dedicate $20m to fighting the Amazon wildfires.
Angelique Chrisafis reports in Biarritz:
Reporters noticed at the start of the session that the US president’s chair was empty.
Trump was later asked by reporters covering a meeting with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, whether he had attended the climate session. He replied: ‘We’re having it in a little while.’ He did not appear to hear when a reporter told him it had just taken place.
The House judiciary committee is expected to subpoena Rob Porter, the former White House aide who resigned last year amid domestic abuse allegations.
[Porter] was at the president’s side during several episodes of potential obstruction chronicled in [special counsel Robert] Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s attempted to thwart the probe.
The White House is likely to block Porter from complying with the committee’s subpoena, which seeks public testimony. White House and Justice Department lawyers have repeatedly asserted that former top presidential aides have ‘absolute immunity’ from testifying to Congress, a claim House Democrats are challenging in court with a lawsuit seeking former White House Counsel Don McGahn’s public testimony.
Good morning, live blog readers!
This is Joanie Greve taking the blog back over after a week away working on other projects. Over the weekend, members of the Democratic National Committee voted 222-137 against allowing the party’s presidential candidates to hold a debate focused on climate change.