President Trump may have gone to Canada knowing that the silly group of G7 would be intransigent when it comes to trade.
But I don’t think trade was the main goal of the summit – for him. In fact, this photo encapsulates what he wanted to achieve:
It looks like the other leaders are pressing hard on him to get their way and that he is being stubborn. Fine. That’s what he wanted. It shows the American people that he will stand up for them, but there is an even bigger purpose.
Trump is telegraphing to the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he will not back down in their negotiations. He is saying that he won’t back down to these people and he won’t back down when dealing with Kim.
Trump intends to get a good deal with Kim. As he has said, this is the dictator’s last chance.
This is a brilliant case of a picture being worth a thousand words. Kim saw it and Kim understands.
It also wasn’t an accident that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went to the White House the day before the Canada G7. Their discussions most probably centered on private trade deals we can reach and will circumvent the other G7 nations. You can see his alignment in the photo. He has the same crossed arms as Trump.
Notice, too, that Italy was with us. They agreed with Trump on allowing Russia in the G7. Here’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte with Trump.
And Trump tweeted: “Just met the new Prime Minister of Italy, @GiuseppeConteIT, a really great guy. He will be honored in Washington, at the @WhiteHouse, shortly. He will do a great job – the people of Italy got it right!”
Struggling countries have a great opportunity now to align with us. Now we also know who is not on our side – except when they need to be extricated from enemies or money problems.