Trump prepares for G-7, touts economy ahead of meeting
Trump prepares for G-7, touts economy ahead of meeting Trump prepares for G-7, touts economy ahead of meetingHi everyone I’m Elaine quijano after a week of wavering on gun laws and payroll tax cut. President Trump is getting ready to go to France for the G7 Summit, but one thing he stood firm on is the strength of the US economy, confess some Economist point to warning signs of a possible recession in a tweet Thursday. The president said the economy is doing well, the Federal Reserve could make it quote record-setting. He also slammed us interest rate levels are just some other countries. Singling out Germany. Germany will be at the G7 Summit this weekend. The annual meeting is comprised of seven of the world’s Advanced industrialized country, but some of them are scrutinising a recent suggestion by president to add a controversial 8th Nation to the group. So we can speak directly on my telephone and other things previously part of the group. Then known as the country was suspended in 2014 for the annexation of Crimea, Germany, France and Britain have all rebuffed the idea. British prime minister, Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel address the issue Wednesday. At a joint news conference Johnson said, the two leaders believe the case has yet to be made Russia to return to the stop it joining me now or we just Yang and David Nakamura. Weijia is a CBS News, White House, correspondent, David either White House reporter for the Washington Post. Welcome to both of you with this much opposition from other Jeeps. We still expect the president to bring up the possibility of Russia rejoining The Summit among the leaders to talk about, and it’s not just the president’s, like President macron, his French counterpart is also the host here, as also indicated that he is open to Russia rejoining. But there is a big difference Elaine, and that is when the president about you know the fact that it’s more appropriate for Russia to join something that he also said last year when he says Russia should be here. What he doesn’t talk about is why they are not there in the first place, which, as you mentioned, is because the annexation of macron has said. You know that whether Russia rejoins really depends on that conflict and whether Putin is willing to take steps to end it. There and to resolve that ongoing conflict resident has not done that and even though a few days ago he even was talking about you know the fact that you know it would be good for Russia to come back. He did not mention spring yet. So that’s really. What we’ll be watching for, because he has struggled in the past, verify US policy on this, so, yes, we do expect them to talk about it. The White House says the president is not opening one way or another, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true, since we just heard him in that clip say he thinks they would be a good thing from October, be there at last arrived late and left early. He was asked about reports of tensions between him and other leaders. Here’S part of how he answered meeting with the G7, and I left the meeting and I’ll be honest. We are care about trade or didn’t understand it or whatever reason for many years with China being obviously the most successful does he still feel that way now look forward to this weekend is that us officials said that the United States sort of late in the game. Here has asked for a special sort of meeting at the G7 to focus on the economy. Some of the sessions already on the docket were about the environment. The United States is emphasizing economics, and the big issue here is that sell European countries feel burned by this. President and his trade policies are there very concerned about what’s happening with the trade war with China, but also course with the president’s pants for the European Union. And so there continues to be plenty of has already said that they will be no joint communique, which is sort of a fancy word for some sort of statement at the end of show, between Yankee support for the for the joint statement at that time, because he Got into a bit of a verbal confrontation with Justin, Trudeau of Canada, distracted from some of the goals of the conference going to be for between these two leaders view the British prime minister has been called Britain’s Trump. What is it that you’re going to be especially watching between these two leaders? The president is taking over as prime minister he’s facing out some difficulties and obviously trying to get to some sort of conclusion on this difficult question of brexit, and he has a very narrow governing majority right now and President Trump is very unpopular through parts of Britain. Despite his Penn State visit last month with the queen in the full Pomp and Circumstance, I think you for Johnson it’s going to be a tricky navigate to meet with President Trump, but also make clear that he’s not going to be too close to Trump. The president has angered some of the the other European leaders, and so I think John is going to be mindful of that. Are the president is facing scrutiny for some recent comment. He said if a Jewish person vote for a Democrat, they be quot very disloyal to Israel into the Jewish people and quote unprecedented from an American president and are you hearing any concerns in Washington, but pushing is real into US. Politics could have long-term implications for the u.s. is real relationship virtual remarks to are there things we haven’t heard before, but people also understand that he’s really speaking to his supporters and he’s really not necessarily even talking to the group that he’s talking about in this case Playing to his white Evangelical base that agrees with his policy and Israel, and we know that in terms of that particular relationship he’s very close with prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and you know he believes an Israel at least he is very popular in his decisions are popular In his rhetoric is popular, and so I think this is more of political gain for President Trump. You know this is about building his case even more. The squad, those for congress, women of color, are the new face of the democratic party and he’s trying to link them to you know something: that’s radical Progressive and eventually they will ruin. That is something he said many times that campaign rallies. I remember he says that two of these congresswomen hate is real, and so, if he can really play this up and talk about, you know, Jewish here in America who vote for Democrats, it all sort of comes together, at least in his mind. In his case, you know that if you do support these women, you’re also anti-israel, so I think he’s trying to know perhaps to get out of these remarks, but you know certainly I think in his mind it doesn’t hurt that long-standing relationship with Israel meet him. The White House is also weighing next steps on the economy is pension before the president continues to dismiss warnings about a potential recession, and today he lashed out at the Federal Reserve once again David. What is behind these attacks, and is that message working to the Presidents detriment or or benefit for the one thing that is the president and his advisers have banked on, is that the economy will stay strong, even as the president has struggled another area that is agenda At the border appointment, it is really going to be something they can run on, and obviously some of the warning signs we’ve seen recently has alarm for the president is in his re-election campaign, and so what the president has been doing is Shifting the blame. Take a lot of Economist would say are the main driving force for the uncertainty, and some of the concerns, among president seems to be intent on continuing the bully by his own pick for the Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, to do what he wants, but it seems Unlikely and that’s going to set up a continue to divide. The question is whether the White House would seek to change other avenues and they’ve already delayed some potential new tariffs on China. The question is, would they even saw I’m more of those to try to stabilize some of the economic headwinds are facing and when you hear the president talking about this and his advisors and his senior aides are all out here making the rounds on? You know the cable news networks talking to us here in the North Lawn insisting that the economy has never that are very fat, that this payroll, a tax cut. Where the consideration I think, speaks to the concern inside right, because you know the president was responding to Market volatility, he recognized might need to beat some compensation, and this was something that he was considering even though 24 hours later he said, you know what economy is Actually in great shape – and I’m no longer talking about that – but to David’s Point – we’ve also seen another example – and that is delay of the terrorists, because he’s acknowledging that they could hurt the economy, they could hurt American consumers, that’s exactly why he delayed them until December 15Th, worried about the holiday shopping season and so not work closely watching things like this rather than what they are saying, because they’re only publicly, they have to maintain this image of being super confident in the economy, because that is really the one pillar. They believe they can win on when it comes 2022. The payroll tax cut is not the only issue that we’ve seen the president shift stances on this week on gun policy. He softens his tone on the need for expanding background checks. We July the back and forth on that issue. Insist there is no back-and-forth, he has his position has not changed and in a way he might be right, but that’s because he has yet to clarify exactly what that position is he’s, leaving a lot of room on both sides of the navigate to back himself into A corner and has to commit to either side. We know that he continues to say he’s in favor of meaningful background checks, but he has not said what that means to him. And, of course, you can imagine the NRA Pratt a very different definition of meaningful background checks, and so you know at play here is also the different voices in his ear. We know his daughter, Ivanka is advising him he’s she’s, also the bridge between the White House and members of Congress as she tries to workout in his other ear. He has his son Donald Trump Junior. Who is a known gun enthusiasts? They can imagine the argument that he’s putting forth for his father, but really, I think the president recognizes that he has to play both sides. On the one hand, he can’t say I’m not going to do anything right. He he knows that he has to come out and read from a teleprompter and and call for Urgent action, but on the other hand he knows the NRA is watching. He knows he’s talking to the NRA and Republicans were really and about what action could impact their support. So we’ve seen this in the past and you know we all are waiting to see if the end result is different in the past their land, even though he has had these similar call for Action. You know he’s done little in terms of what he has talked about doing right. There certainly seems to be a pattern. Now that has been established will David. I want to pull from one of your recent articles. You were bored how, behind the scenes, positive communication with key lawmakers on gun issues has quote mostly gone cold. It’S probably because Congress is on recess. What kind of position has left the White House in for the remainder of the summer open early August that the back-to-back mass shooting had been in contact not just with Congressional leaders, but some of the key players that Joe manchin of West Virginia have been involved in Potential we know efforts at gun issues in the past, but as you’ve mentioned, that is gone cold. I think I’m part is emitted because Congress is out of town center Majority Leader Mitch. Mcconnell has refused Democrats called to bring send it back and vote on a house-passed bill to expand background checks. The White House says they are continuing to work on some ideas for the president. Mental illness terms of expanded background checks and get this this week is that they see you know it back and forth between Mitch, McConnell and and President Trump of you go first or you go first issued each other and that’s wait at nothing’s going to happen in From McConnell he doesn’t want to move forward on any kind of stuff, but without the president’s clear support and Broad support among his caucus in the senate for the White House, they don’t look like they seem to be wanting the Congress to take the lead and send Them something add that the president would that way, but that’s risky, of course, because of not clear the present would support it. Thanks to you, both After a week of wavering on gun laws and payroll tax cuts, President Trump is getting ready to go to France for the G-7 summit this weekend. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jian, and Washington Post White House reporter David Nakamura join CBSN’s “Red & Blue” to discuss.