Donald Trump is undermining the global order the US helped create, a top EU official has claimed.
At a G7 summit already marked by mistrust and bad feeling,
Donald Tusk, president of the European Commission, said the “rules-based international order is being challenged”.
He added: “Not by the usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor, the US We will not stop trying to convince our American friends and President Trump that undermining this order makes no sense at all, because it would only play into the hands of those who seek a new, post-West order, where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist.”
Mr Tusk spoke at La Malabie, Quebec, just hours after Mr Trump had suggested Russia should be reinstated to the group, a proposal that was rejected out of hand by almost everybody, including Russia.
Mr Tusk’s remarks came amid heightened conflict between Mr Trump and other members of the G7 over trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal. Canada and the EU had been lobbying Washington to exempt them from the tariffs on steel and aluminium imports that Mr Trump announced earlier this year.
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered what was interpreted as a direct rebuke to Mr Trump, saying no leader “is forever”.
Theresa May disagrees with Trump on Russia rejoining G7
“The six countries of the G7 without the United States are a bigger market taken together than the American market,” Mr Macron said, according to Reuters, during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa “There will be no world hegemony if we know how to organise ourselves. And we don’t want there to be one.”
Mr Trump responded on Twitter, saying: “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the US is $151bn and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.”
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Former South African President Jacob Zuma sings and dances on stage after delivering a speech during a rally in his support outside the High Court, in Durban on June 8, 2018
2/50 7 June 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to a question during his annual call-in show in Moscow. Putin hosts call-in shows every year, which typically provide a platform for ordinary Russians to appeal to the president on issues ranging from foreign policy to housing and utilities.
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Protesters wave flags and shout slogans during a demonstration against the use of the term “Macedonia” in any solution to a dispute between Athens and Skopje over the former Yugoslav republic’s name, in the northern town of Pella, Greece.
4/50 5 June 2018
Police officers salute as the caskets of policewomen Soraya Belkacemi, 44, and Lucile Garcia, 54, arrive during their funeral in Liege. The two officers, and one bystander were killed in Liege on Tuesday by a gunman. Police later killed the attacker, and other officers were wounded in the shooting.
5/50 4 June 2018
A rescue worker carries a child covered with ash after a volcano erupted violently in El Rodeo, Guatemala. Volcan de Fuego, whose name means “Volcano of Fire”, spewed an 8km (5-mile) stream of red hot lava and belched a thick plume of black smoke and ash that rained onto the capital and other regions. Dozens were killed across three villages.
6/50 3 June 2018
A recycler drags a huge bag of paper sorted for recycling past a heap of non-recyclable material at Richmond sanitary landfill site in the industrial city of Bulawayo. Plastic waste remains a challenging waste management issue due to its non-biodegrable nature, if not managed properly plastic ends up as litter polluting water ways, wetlands and storm drains causing flash flooding around Zimbabwe’s cities and towns. Urban and rural areas are fighting the continuous battle against a scourge of plastic litter. On June 5, 2018 the United Nations mark the World Environment Day which plastic pollution is the main theme this year.
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Palestinian mourners carry the body of 21-year-old medical volunteer Razan al-Najjar during her funeral after she was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence on June 1, in another day of protests and violence. She was shot near Khan Yunis in the south of the territory, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, bringing the toll of Gazans killed by Israeli fire since the end of March to 123.
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Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez poses after a vote on a no-confidence motion at the Spanish Parliament in Madrid. Spain’s parliament ousted Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote sparked by fury over his party’s corruption woes, with his Socialist arch-rival Pedro Sanchez automatically taking over.
9/50 31 May 2018
Zinedine Zidane looks on after a press conference to announce his resignation as manager from Real Madrid. He confirmed he was leaving the Spanish giants, just days after winning the Champions League for the third year in a row.
10/50 30 May 2018
A worker cleans up the Millenaire migrants makeshift camp along the Canal de Saint-Denis near Porte de la Villette, northern Paris, following its evacuation on May 30. More than a thousand migrants and refugees were evacuated early in the morning from the camp that had been set up for several weeks along the Canal.
11/50 29 May 2018
Police and ambulances are seen at the site where a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers, in the eastern Belgian city of Liege.
12/50 28 May 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris. Gassama living illegally in France is being honored by Macron for scaling an apartment building over the weekend to save a 4-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony.
13/50 27 May 2018
Migrants wait to disembark from the ship Aquarius in the Sicilian harbour of Catania, Italy
14/50 26 May 2018
Ireland awaits the official result of a referendum that could end the country’s ban on abortion. Co-Director of Together For Yes Ailbhe Smyth speaks to the media after exit polls suggested victory for the Yes campaign.
PA Wire/PA Images
15/50 25 May 2018
Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at the 1st Precinct in Manhattan where he turned himself in to New York police for sexual misconduct charges.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the Konstantin Palace in Strelna, outside Saint Petersburg, on May 24, 2018
17/50 23 May 2018
People protest outisde the Tamil Nadu House after at least 10 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in New Delhi.
ANI via Reuters
18/50 22 May 2018
People demonstrate in Paris during a nationwide day protest by French public sector employees and public servants against the overhauls proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron, calling them an “attack” by the centrist leader against civil services as well as their economic security.
19/50 21 May 2018
Newly appointed Catalan president Quim Torra arrives to visit jailed Catalan separatist politicians at the Estremera jail near Madrid.
20/50 20 May 2018
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro casts his vote during the presidential elections in Caracas. Maduro was seeking a second term in power.
21/50 19 May 2018
Channelized lava emerges on Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on Hawaii. The USGS said on its website that “a fast-moving pahoehoe lava flow that emerged from fissure 20… continues to flow southeast,” with the quickest of three “lobes” progressing at 230 yards (210 meters) per hour.
AFP/US Geological Survey
22/50 18 May 2018
Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson following a shooting at the school in Texas. Shrader said her friend was shot in the incident. Multiple people have been killed.
Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP
23/50 17 May 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting during the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria.
24/50 16 May 2018
People hold flags with the state coat of arms of Russia as they drive along a bridge, which was constructed to connect the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula across the Kerch Strait.
25/50 15 May 2018
Palestinians run away from tear gas shot at them by Israeli forces during a protest in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank
26/50 14 May 2018
A Palestinian demonstrator runs during a protest against the US embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba at the Israel-Gaza border.
27/50 13 May 2018
A bullet hole on the window of a cafe in Paris, the day after a knifeman killed one man and wounded four other people before being shot dead by police
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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on after receiving the ‘Lamp of Peace, the “Nobel” Catholic award for “her work of conciliation for the peaceful cohabitation of peoples” at The Basilica Superiore of St Francis of Assisi in Italy.
29/50 11 May 2018
Police forensics investigate the death of seven people in a suspected murder-suicide in Australia. Four children are among seven people that were found dead at a rural property in Osmington, near Margaret River. Detectives are investigating the incident, which was said to be treated as a murder-suicide, media reported. Two firearms were found at the scene, Western Australia Police said.
30/50 10 May 2018
Missiles rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense position and other military bases, in Damascus, Syria. The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked “dozens” of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.
31/50 9 May 2018
Iranian MPs burning a US flag in the parliament in Tehran. Iran said it will hold talks with signatories to a nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord, which it branded “psychological warfare”. President Hassan Rouhani also said Iran could resume uranium enrichment “without limit” in response to Trump’s announcement.
AFP/Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency
32/50 8 May 2018
Newly elected Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinian addresses the crowd in Republic Square in Yerevan. The leader of protests that gripped Armenia for weeks was named the country’s new prime minister on Tuesday, overcoming the immediate political turmoil but raising uncertainty about the longer term.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin walks before his President inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow.
34/50 6 May 2018
Lava from a robust fissure eruption on Kilauea’s east rift zone consumes a home, then threatens another, near Pahoa, Hawaii. The total number of homes lost within the Leilani Estates subdivision thus far is 21, and geologists from the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory do not expect the eruption to cease any time soon. A local state of emergency has been declared after Mount Kilauea erupted near residential areas, forcing mandatory evacuation of about 1,700 citizens from their nearby homes. The crater’s floor collapsed on 01 May and is since then continuing to erode its walls and generating huge explosions of ashes. Several earthquakes have been recorded in the area where the volcanic eruptions continue, including a 6.9 magnitue earthquake which struck the area on 4 May.
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Russian police carrying struggling opposition leader Alexei Navalny at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Thousands of demonstrators denouncing Putin’s upcoming inauguration into a fourth term gathered in the capital’s Pushkin Square.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at an event to mark Karl Marx’s 200th birthday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
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President Vladimir Putin meets with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in Sochi, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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Supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan protest in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. Pashinyan has urged his supporters to block roads, railway stations and airports after the governing Republican Party voted against his election as prime minister.
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Cubans march during the May Day rally at Revolution Square in Havana.
40/50 30 April 2018
The sky is the limit: A Saudi man and woman fly over the Arabian Sarawat Mountains in the first ever joint wingsuit flight in traditional dress. A symbolic leap of faith towards women’s empowerment in Saudi Arabia.
41/50 29 April 2018
A general view for the damaged railway station in al-Qadam neighborhood, after it was recaptured from Islamic State militants, in the south of Damascus. According to media reports, the Syrian army continued the military offensive it has launched earlier this month against militant groups entrenching in southern Damascus and captured several neighborhoods, including al-Qadam and al-Assali and targeting the remnants of armed groups in al-Hajar al-Aswad and its surrounding in Damascus southern countryside.
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Comedian Michelle Wolf attends the Celebration After the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Conservatives walked out after Wolf brutally ridiculed President Donald Trump and his aides during her piece.
43/50 27 April 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing on a joint statement North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. The Korean War will be formally declared over after 65 years, the North and South have said.
At a historic summit between leaders Kim Jong-Un and Moon Jae-in, the neighbouring countries agreed they would work towards peace on the peninsula with a formal end to the conflict set to be announced later this year.
The pair agreed to bring the two countries together and establish a “peace zone” on the contested border.
Korea Summit Press Pool via AP
44/50 26 April 2018
Women hold portraits of their relatives, who are victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, during a commemoration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine.
45/50 25 April 2018
Rohingya refugees gather in the “no man’s land” behind Myanmar’s boder lined with barb wire fences in Maungdaw district, Rakhine state bounded by Bangladesh. Myanmar government said on April 15, it repatriated on April 14 the first family of Rohingya out of some 700,000 refugees who have fled a brutal military campaign, a move slammed by a rights group as a PR stunt ignoring UN warnings that a safe return is not yet possible.
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President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron hold hands on the White House balcony during a State Arrival Ceremony in Washington.
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A boy walks on a pile of garbage covering a drain in New Delhi.
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Newly ordained priests lie on the floor as Pope Francis leads a mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
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South Koreans cheer during the welcoming event for the inter-Korean summit between South Korea and North Korea in Seoul. The inter-Korean summit is scheduled on April 27, 2018 at the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, agreed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
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A Palestinian slings a shot by burning tires on the Israel-Gaza border, following a demonstration calling for the right to return. Palestinian refugees either fled or were expelled from what is now the state of Israel during the 1948 war.
Mr Trump, who routinely appears to enjoy antagonising leaders and nations that have traditionally been considered US allies, had started the say in Washington, telling reporters that Russia ought to be at the meeting. Its membership was suspended following the 2014 annexation of Crimea.
“Why are we having a meeting without Russia in the meeting?” he said. “They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”
He added: “I have been Russia’s worst nightmare, but they should have been invited.”
While Italy’s new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he supported Mr Trump’s suggestion, other world leaders, including Britain’s Theresa May, opposed it.
German chancellor Angela Merkel said it was too soon to say whether the leaders gathered in Canada would issue a common communique, adding that they had not yet addressed trade and climate, two of the most sensitive issues.
“In my view it is important that we not agree on less than we achieved last year,” she told reporters.
On the issue of Russia redoing the group, she said: “Here, we all agreed that a return of Russia to the G7-format summits can’t happen until substantial progress has been made in connection with the problems with Ukraine. That was the common view.”