There’s been so much news about President Trump causing trouble at the G7 Summit this weekend. He made some passing remarks to reporters about Russia being invited and some other stuff. But what is the G7 exactly? Here’s 3 things to know:
- The Group of Seven (G7) are the countries with the most advanced economies and strongest democracies.
They include the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. The G7 makes up 62% of the total global economy.
- The G7 countries are America’s closest friends and allies.
Operating with similar guiding principles creates strong relationships between these countries especially over time. These summits are essentially rubbing shoulders with your dear friends for 70 or so years.
- The point of the G7 Summit is to strategize on how to work together on global issues.
HIstorically, the meeting is about getting on the same page on current issues like climate change, refugee crises, national security issues and addressing human rights abuses throughout the globe. It’s generally smooth sailing due to the like-mindedness of the leaders. Issues are easier to iron out among each other because the basic fundamental values are quite similar between them all. So, they meet and release a statement, also called a communique, laying out an agreed upon path forward on whatever issues were discussed and how they are going to work together.
The G7 Summit in 2018 didn’t go quite as it does normally. The leaders butt heads with President Trump. They talked about trade due to the new tariffs placed on them by him. The US cited national security issues as the reason for the new tariffs which, as you can imagine, rubbed the Canadian president, Justin Trudeau, the wrong way. So, long story short, Trump didn’t sign the statement and called Trudeau weak and dishonest on Twitter.
On top of it all, he said Russia should be allowed into the summit in his Trumpian way, repetitive language, no logical reasons why randomly to reporters. He didn’t mention it when he was face to face with the other leaders which is also just like Trump. He talks loud and carries a small stick. He left the summit early to go to Singapore for his meeting with Kim Jong Un. I can’t barely wait to see what happens.