The leaders of the G7, an informal bloc of some of the world’s most powerful industrialized countries, including Germany, the UK, and Japan, get together every year to discuss collaboration on issues like global security, the international economy, and climate change.
At the end of the summit, they aim to sign a joint statement detailing the policy positions and initiatives they agree on. This year, they met in Quebec. And things didn’t go so smoothly.
Even before the summit began, Trump stirred up controversy by saying that Russia, who was kicked out of the G7 for invading Ukraine, should be invited back in. And hours after leaving the summit on Saturday, he abruptly retracted US support for a joint statement signed by every nation in the group and blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “meek and mild” — resulting in days of post-summit drama between Team Trump and US allies.