G-7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada: Changing U.S. Leadership in Global Forum [June 25, 2018] [open pdf - 97KB]
"Canada hosted the 44th annual Group of 7 (G-7) summit on June 8-9 in Charlevoix, Quebec. The G-7 is an informal group of seven of the world's largest advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. With roots back to the 1970s, the G-7 leaders meet annually to discuss and coordinate economic and foreign policies. The agenda for the 2018 summit, set by Canada as the rotating chair, intended to focus on economic growth, gender equality, jobs, and the environment. Discussions were marked by deep divisions between President Trump and other G-7 leaders on trade and Russia. The United States for decades has been a leader in the G-7, but French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized that the United States faced a 'united front' at the 2018 summit and found itself 'isolated.' After departing the summit, President Trump withdrew his initial support for the eight-page communiqué that had been negotiated in the weeks leading up to the summit. Lack of consensus on a G-7 communiqué is unprecedented."
CRS Insight, IN10919
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