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.”