Donald Trump’s G7 Summit in France was marred by baffling statements and generally poor leadership, suggests the Editorial Board of Bloomberg. Making statements that he was reconsidering the trade war with China, only to double down on them in a later statement only created confusion. Additional announcements of his contradicted key allies regarding Russia and North Korea. All of this comes at a time of looming global recession, which is being heralded, partially, by Trump’s trade war with China. The US president was seemingly unable to demonstrate leadership in the ways that are direly needed at the G7 meeting.
President Trump showed great strength and a determination not to be pushed around at the G7 Summit, infers David Montanaro of Fox News. He stood strong by America’s values and interests. While other countries tried to impose policies that were aligned with their goals, Trump remained focused on economic matters. New trade deals with Japan, post-Brexit Britain and progress with Germany regarding tariffs on cars were central here. Trump rightly zeroed in on the important subjects, most of all being assertive with China. His critics need to understand that siding with him is the best way forward economically.