Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carefully-planned agenda for next month’s G7 summit has taken one hit already from Donald Trump. It appears the U.S. president is about to deliver another.
Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, and to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, caused a deep rift with fellow G7 members France, Germany and the U.K.
Canada also expressed its regret over Trump’s decision, setting the tone for a difficult discussion on global security when the G7 leaders meet in Charlevoix June 8-9.
Now Canadian officials are bracing for an equally difficult discussion at the summit about Trump’s planned meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un — which may or may not take place as scheduled on June 12.
No one knows, of course, what Trump plans to say about North Korea in Charlevoix. But Trump’s penchant for making decisions on the fly, and for overruling members of his own administration, has nerves on edge.