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Talks with Trump are like sausages, says French President Macron: Report

The president said the US was "pretty close" to reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and had discussed two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

The President said he had told fellow G7 nations that the U.S. requires fair market access and end to unfair trading practices.

Trump, who has exchanged barbs with Macron via Twitter in the lead-up to the summit in Canada, also had warm words for the French president.

He promised a "frank and direct discussion" with Trump at an upcoming summit in Canada.

The six-plus-one tone of the gathering in Quebec means the leaders from Canada, Britain, the US, France, Germany Italy and Japan are unlikely to issue a joint statement as they remain sharply divided on trade and the environment to reach consensus.

After spending much of Trump's first or so year in office courting the president, Macron shifted his attitude most prominently on Thursday during a feisty press conference.

"We spent two days to obtain a text and commitments".

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"Look, I think we have this very special relationship because both of us are probably mavericks of the systems on both sides", Macron told the host Chris Wallace.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European Union countries at the summit agreed that the conditions to readmit Russian Federation had not been met and even Moscow seemed to reject the suggestion.

According to reports, in a phone conversation between the two leaders, Trump wrongly accused Canada of burning down the White House during the War of 1812 - an image that may serve as an appropriate backdrop to the two-day summit.

Macron said it was possible to advance the trade issues that have split the United States and its allies.

"The other countries of the G-6 are a larger market than the American market", Macron said. But he was more affable after meeting Macron and Trudeau, swapping jokes with the latter before the media though neither budged on their trade positions.

By the time he sat face-to-face with Macron, though, Trump was publicly heralding "progress" on the very issues he'd been grousing about. He then took questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes, where he threatened to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement if he can't make a better deal with America's neighbors. "The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out". A Canadian official said Trump and Trudeau discussed accelerating NAFTA talks.

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