The G7 summit in France evolved in the familiar way of Trump's foreign travel. The United States, after the stronghold of the Western Union, was isolated. Foreign leaders, who once looked to the United States for direction, largely tried not to oppose the changing US president. And Trump is fighting the media, reacting furiously to any criticism of his performance and leaving a scourge on the sheets, helping to explain his public comments.
"I have a second thought about everything," he said, leaving critics hoping that the president was trying.
But Trump, who hates to appear to be freaked out in a corner or down, then sends his aides. to say that on the contrary, his only regret was not
The episode reflects how much personal trust the president has now invested in his duel with China ̵
Despite growing concern outside the US that trade war could undermine the already shaky global growth, the president insisted that he would not backtrack on the China during the meeting.
"I think they respect the trade war. It has to happen, "he said. Officials insist they are not "scavenging" for President's remarks
Disruption to the administration's message over China was also highlighted in Trump's lieutenant efforts in US political talk shows on Sunday. smoothed out the unrest over the past few days.
On CNN's "State of the Union" issue, Trump's White House top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the president had missed the press question if he had any other thoughts about China.
"And practically what he intended to say was that he always had second thoughts and in fact had second thoughts about a possible higher tariff response to China," Kudlow said.
Kudlow also insisted that , which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls a "weak sheep – as" criticism of the tariff war was taken out of context – even though it was filmed.
"I was in the room, see, I'll just say, it all depends on the context," Kudlov told CNN's Brian Kaylar.
Johnson's remarks – meek though they may have been, as the new British prime minister knows he needs Trump to strike after Brexit with the US – seems clear and contradicts Trump's claim to win broad support for his
"We are generally for the commercial world, picking it up if we can," said Johnson.
Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin insisted to reporters in France that he and other officials were not "cleaning up" on Trump's remarks regarding China.
"I want to make it clear, President – when we saw the announcement, the White House made a statement to make it very clear," Mnuchin said.
The performance was familiar. Repeatedly during Trump's presidency, officials show up after some presidential eruption to try to smooth it out or explain the twist, or to seek some logical and strategic basis for the presidential moods that often appear outside the cuff.
Trump will have another chance to clarify himself – or otherwise – as he is scheduled to attend a press conference before leaving France on Monday morning, US time.
Trump's eruption against China
Questions about the administration's coherence with economic policy and its communication are why some experts fear it will be ill-prepared to tackle the recession, if any comes true.
Concerns over these lines, created after China's rewarding price movement on Friday, were met with an extraordinary tirade by Trump against Beijing and Federal Reserve Chief Jerome Powell.
The deepening trade war with China is going on at a nervous moment for the administration with growth slowing in Europe and some indicators suggesting that the US may be slowing down. Trump insists that China, not US consumers, is paying the price for the tariffs.
The recession can be politically challenging for the president during his election year, one of the reasons he beats the Fed for significant reductions in rates to stimulate
At the same time, the president insists there is no need for panic and that the economy, after a decade of expansion and historically low unemployment, is no problem at all.
Still one of his most outspoken supporters, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham raised his eyebrows on Sunday, suggesting that suffering from the backdrop of the trade war might be justified. He told CBS "Face the Nation" that the American people "just have to accept the pain that comes with facing China," with regard to higher consumer prices.
While Trump still has majority approval for managing the economy in the poll – 53% – only 25% said they believed his mastery of trade with China would actually work.
In addition to belittling the Fed, Trump has in recent days also accused the media of talking about the economy.
"You people want a recession because you think this might be the way to pull Trump out," Trump told reporters in France.
Then in a tweet that stretched credulity sent from the G7 summit in Biarritz, the president claimed he was not alone in his dislike of the US press.
A clear victory for Trump over trade with Japan
Despite the worsening trade situation with China, there was some good economic news for the President to talk after announcing the agreement
"It's a very big deal and we agreed in principle. It's billions and billions of dollars," Trump said during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The president, who faced backlash from agricultural groups during his trade war in China, said that Abe would buy "surplus corn" from American farmers on behalf of Japan.
Abe was less persistent about the deal, but said he hopes to sign it when he meets Trump at the UN General Assembly next month. He also explained that corn purchases will be made by Japanese corporations
Trump White House Trade Advisor Robert Lighthizer told reporters that the deal would focus on three key areas – agriculture, industrial tariffs and digital commerce .
However, it was unclear whether the new pact would favor the United States more than the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact Trump rejected early in his term.
While leaders of the summit sought to avoid public outcry, Trump ofte n seemed isolated. His aides complained that his plight was the result of his French hosts trying to make him look bad.
But Trump has decided to attack himself and part with dramatic changes in US foreign policy on issues such as Iran, climate and
In fact, President America's policy first and the lack of confidence in multinational cooperation embodied in forums such as the G7, are at the heart of his political appeal to many of his supporters back home.
In another sign of the separation of the United States from its European allies, France invited Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to Biarritz. European countries are trying to hold new talks with Iran to keep Trump's nuclear deal alive.
The move turned out to be a clear signal to the Trump administration saying it was ready to speak with Iran – but recently imposed sanctions on Zarif, the official who helped negotiate the Obama administration's nuclear deal.
In another sign of separation, Trump said it was "certainly possible" for Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the G7 summit next year.
Such an invitation could spark schism in the group, as European leaders said that the issue of annexation of Crimea in 2014 – which led to its expulsion from the then G8 grouping – should be considered ahead of Russia's return.