Trump starts first day of G-7 with Boris Johnson and anti-press tweetstorm

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President Trump embarked on his first full day at the G-7 Summit in France on Sunday — starting out with a tweetstorm against the “disgusting” press, followed by a bilateral breakfast with the new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Before I arrived in France, the Fake and Disgusting News was saying that relations with the 6 others [sic] countries in the G-7 are very tense, and that the two days of meetings will be a disaster,” he tweeted.

“Just like they are trying to force a Recession, they are trying to “will” America into … bad Economic times, the worse the better, anything to make my Election more difficult to win,” he tweeted.

“Well, we are having very good meetings, the Leaders are getting along very well, and our Country, economically, is doing great – the talk of the world!”

How — or whether — Trump would get along with Johnson still remained an open question early Sunday.

Johnson told reporters on his arrival at the summit that he would ask Trump not to further escalate his trade war with China.

“Clearly the state of global trade, I’m very worried about the way it’s going,” Johnson told reporters on landing in the seaside resort of Biarritz.

“The growth of protectionism, of tariffs, that we’re seeing,” Johnson said, according to CNN.

“There are all sorts of people, who will take any excuse at all to interfere with free trade and to frustrate trade deals, and I don’t want to see that.”

Breakfast was held at the Hotel du Palais, where Trump kidded with reporters, “You know who this is? He’s going to be a fantastic prime minister.”

Johnson said he expected a US-UK trade deal as soon as “we work a couple things out.”

The menu for the Donald Trump and Boris Johnson's breakfast
The menu for the Donald Trump and Boris Johnson’s breakfastWhite House Press Office

Trump chimed in, “We’re working on a very big trade deal”  as soon as “we work a couple things out.”

He said a “very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had,” will happen “quickly.”

Johnson — who faces a looming Brexit deadline Oct. 31 — said “I know there will be some tough talks ahead.” Still, he added, “There are clearly huge opportunities for the UK to penetrate the American market.”

The two then shared a laugh over the concept of free trade.

Johnson congratulated the president on the strong US economy, but noted that the UK has “benefitted massively from free trade” over it’s 300-year history.

Trump then asked Johnson how he’s been doing “the last three years.”

Trump was joined at a breakfast of pastries, scrambled eggs and veal sausage by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Senior Advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor John Bolton.



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