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    Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman, says he'll challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020. The tea party favorite argues that Trump is unfit for the White House. Walsh announced his candidacy during an interview on ABC's 'This Week'' on Sunday. Also in the race is Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor. Walsh won a House seat from suburban Chicago in the 2010 tea party wave, but lost reelection in 2012 and has since hosted a radio talk show. He has a history of inflammatory statements regarding Muslims and others, and said just before the 2016 election that if Trump lost, 'I'm grabbing my musket.' Walsh has since soured on Trump.
  • Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean's most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup. Three proposals covering the international trade of 18 types of mako sharks, wedgefishes and guitarfishes each passed with a needed two-thirds majority in a committee of the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES on Sunday. 'Today we are one step closer to protecting the fastest shark in the ocean, as well as the most threatened,' said Jen Sawada, who directs The Pew Charitable Trusts shark conservation work. The move isn't final but is a key sign before an official decision at its plenary this week. Conservationists applauded and exchanged hugs after the tallies. Opponents variously included China, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia and New Zealand. The U.S. voted against the mako shark measure, but supported the other two. Rima Jabado, a shark expert and lead scientist of the Gulf Elasmo project, said many of the species included in the CITES proposals are classified as 'critically endangered.' Jabado said there has been an 80% decline in the number of wedgefishes, based on available data. Like giant guitarfishes, the enigmatic wedgefish has an elongated triangle-shaped head and can be found in oceans in Southeast Asia, the Arabian Sea and East Africa. Makos are the world's fastest sharks, reaching speeds of up to 80 mph (nearly 130 kph). But they often get caught up in the nets of fishing trawlers hunting for tuna. Jabado said some species of sharks and rays are becoming so difficult to find in the wild that scientists only often see them when they are on sale at local fish markets. 'How are we ever going to save these species if we only see them when fishermen bring them in?' she said, adding that even if actions are taken now, it will be decades before shark populations start to recover. Losing more sharks and rays could also have other unintended consequences since they are top ocean predators and help to balance the ecosystems, Jabado said. Scientists warn that although warming oceans and climate change are also hurting sharks, it is the demand for shark fin soup that is threatening to drive some species to extinction. The Pew Trust estimates that between 63 million and 273 million sharks are killed every year, mostly to feed the shark fin trade centered in Hong Kong. Dried shark fin can draw up to $1,000 per kilogram. The fins are often turned into shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy that symbolizes good fortune, in which the gelatinous fin is served in a broth whose recipe dates back to the 10th-century Song Dynasty. Fishermen often slice off a shark's fin while the animal is still alive before tossing the writhing carcass back into the ocean. While Chinese celebrities like retired basketball star Yao Ming are trying to persuade diners to abandon the soup, many aren't convinced. 'Shark fin soup is a Chinese tradition so why should I stop eating it?' Wilson Kwan said outside a seafood restaurant in London's Chinatown. 'I know some people say it's cruel to sharks, but sharks are killers too.' Last year, there were an estimated 66 unprovoked shark attacks on humans globally, including four fatalities, according to the Florida Museum, which tracks such incidents. It is exceedingly rare for sharks to bite humans — and when they do, it's often because they have mistaken them for seals or other prey. Conservationists say movies like 'Jaws' have unfairly maligned society's perception of sharks and in turn, made it difficult to garner support to protect them. 'People would be outraged if they were serving dolphins in restaurants,' said Graham Buckingham of the British shark group, Bite-Back. 'But because it's a shark, they think it's perfectly OK.' ___ Maria Cheng reported from London.
  • Putting small containers of liquids in plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past for airline passengers in Britain after the government announced plans Sunday to introduce 3D screening equipment for carry-on luggage at all major airports. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement that the new technology will improve security and could also mean 'an end to passengers having to use plastic bags or rationing what they take away with them.' Under current security restrictions, passengers are not allowed containers carrying more than 100 milliliters (3.38 fluid ounces) of liquids in their carry-on luggage and the containers have to be in a clear plastic bag. That could come to an end under the new screening regime and passengers may also be able to keep electrical equipment such as their laptops in their cabin bags. The screeners already are being used in trials at London's Heathrow Airport and they will progressively be rolled out to other British airports by Dec. 1, 2022, the government said. Heathrow CEO John Holland Kaye says the technology 'will transform the passenger experience, making air travel simple, streamlined and more secure through the U.K.'s only hub airport.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won U.S. President Donald Trump's approval Sunday for his plans to take a tough approach in talks to leave the European Union after a chummy meeting on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in France. Johnson glowed as Trump said he gave him a vote of confidence in carrying out the Brexit talks. The British prime minister has vowed to bring his country out of the EU on Oct. 31 no matter what, an approach that has raised worries about a chaotic divorce that could cause chaos and hurt the economy. Trump promised that he and Johnson would work out 'a very big trade deal' between their nations once the United Kingdom leaves the EU. 'I'm very grateful for that,' Johnson said. 'And we're looking forward to having some pretty comprehensive talks about how to take forward the relationship in all sorts of ways, particularly on trade. We're very excited about that.' But the pair were barely past the elegant winding staircase at the Hotel du Palais when it became clear that each had a different vision of what a trade deal might look like. The United States has said it is ready to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.K. in pieces — rather than London's wish of a comprehensive pact. Johnson pledged a 'fantastic deal once we clear up some of the obstacles in our path.' Trump interrupted promising 'lots of fantastic mini-deals.' The British prime minister badly needs a trade deal with the United States. After taking power last month he vowed that Britain would leave the EU on time with or without a divorce deal, cutting the country off from the EU's single market of 500 million people. A no-deal Brexit would see new tariffs and border checks on trade between Britain and the EU, seriously disrupting business. Supporters of Brexit say a free trade deal with the United States can help make up for any reduction in commerce with the EU after Britain leaves the bloc's single market for goods and services. In 2018, Britain did almost half its trade with the EU, while the U.S. accounted for 18% of U.K. exports and 11% of imports. 'We're working on a very big trade deal and I think it's going to work out,' Trump said. The meeting between the leaders came a day after Johnson warned that getting a trade deal with the United States won't be 'plain sailing' as he bemoaned barriers to the United Kingdom's goods in American markets. Speaking to reporters as he flew to France for the Group of Seven meeting, Johnson cited examples small and large of British goods that struggle in U.S. markets for bureaucratic reasons. He cited things like cauliflower, English wine, pillows, rail cars and even parts for showers. It wasn't just goods on Johnson's radar, but professional services, which far and away make up most of Britain's economy. 'If you want to sell insurance in the U.K. you only need to speak to two regulators,' Johnson fumed. 'If you want to sell insurance in the U.S. you have to speak to 50 regulators. The same point can be made about architects and many other professions.' But even though he needs a deal, Johnson was at pains to say he wasn't giving away the store. Some sectors of the U.K. economy would remain off limits to any deal. Johnson has promised the National Health Service will be off-limits and that animal welfare standards would be safeguarded.
  • The head of Germany's central bank is warning against taking an overly pessimistic view of the economy, days after the bank cautioned that Europe's biggest economy could enter a recession in the current quarter. The German economy contracted by 0.1% in the April-June period and the central bank, the Bundesbank, said Sunday that it 'could decline slightly' again in the summer. But Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that he sees 'no reason to panic.' He noted that Germany is coming off a long upswing with record employment and said 'the outlook is particularly uncertain at the moment,' citing political factors such as Brexit and international trade conflicts. He added that the response shouldn't be pessimism or taking action for the sake of it.
  • President Donald Trump said Sunday that he had second thoughts about escalating the trade war with China, but the White House later reversed that message saying the president was misinterpreted and that his only regret in hiking tariffs is that he didn't raise them higher. Trump faced a tense reception from world leaders meeting amid mounting anxiety of a global economic slowdown at the Group of Seven summit in France. During a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Trump suggested he had qualms about the spiraling conflict. 'Yeah. For sure,' Trump told reporters when asked if he has second thoughts about escalating the dispute, adding he has 'second thoughts about everything.' But hours later, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying Trump's comments about U.S. tariffs on China were 'greatly misinterpreted.' She said Trump only responded 'in the affirmative — because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.' The comments appeared at first to mark a rare moment of self-reflection by the famously hard-nosed leader. But the later reversal fit a pattern for Trump in recoiling from statements he believes suggest weakness. Trump had been trying to use the conference to rally global leaders to do more to stimulate their economies, as fears rise of a potential slowdown in the U.S. ahead of his reelection. Trump's counterparts, including Johnson, are trying to convince him to back off his trade wars with China and other countries, which they see as contributing to the economic weakening. The meetings come days after Trump escalated his trade war with China, following China's announcement Friday that it would slap new tariffs on $75 billion in American goods. Trump responded with more tariffs of his own and issued an extraordinary threat to declare a national emergency in an attempt to force U.S. businesses to cut ties with China. Johnson praised Trump for America's economic performance during the jovial breakfast, their first since his elevation to the prime minister post in July. But he chided Trump on his unbending China policy. 'Just to register a faint sheep-like note of our view on the trade war,' he told the American leader. 'We're in favor of trade peace.' Trump told reporters he has 'no plans right now' to follow through on his emergency declaration threat, but insisted he would be within his rights to use a 1977 law used to target rogue regimes, terrorists and drug traffickers as the newest weapon in the clash between the world's largest economies 'If I want, I could declare a national emergency,' Trump said. He cited China's theft of intellectual property and the large U.S. trade deficit with China, saying 'in many ways that's an emergency.' Trump then entered the first official summit meeting, initially set to be a discussion of foreign policy and security issues. But White House aides claimed he engineered a late change to the summit schedule, adding economic issues to the agenda. Trump planned to press leaders about what can be done to spur growth in the U.S. and abroad, as well as to open European, Japanese and Canadian markets to American manufacturers and producers. Trump has imposed or threatened to impose tariffs on all three markets in his pursuit of free, fair and reciprocal trade. The meeting of the G-7 nations — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. — in the beach resort town of Biarritz comes at one of the most unpredictable moments in Trump's presidency. His public comments and decision-making increasingly have seemed erratic and acerbic of late. Only hours before his arrival in Biarritz Saturday, Trump threatened anew to place tariffs on French wine imports to the U.S. in a spat over France's digital services tax; the European Union promised to retaliate. That was the backdrop for a late addition to his summit schedule — a two-hour lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron outside the opulent Hotel du Palais. The summit host said the two men were discussing 'a lot of crisis' around the world, including Libya, Iran and Russia, as well as trade policy and climate change. But he also echoed Trump's calls for Europe to do more to address the global slowdown, including by cutting taxes. 'When I look at Europe, especially, we need some new tools to relaunch our economy,' Macron said. Trump disputed reports Sunday of friction with other G7 leaders, saying that he has been 'treated beautifully' since he arrived. But moments later cracks emerged anew between Trump and his counterparts, after the French government said that it was agreed at Saturday's opening dinner that Macron would deliver a message to Iran on behalf of the group. Macron, in recent months, has tried to play intermediary between the U.S. and Iran, as tensions flare over Iran's nuclear program and the Trump administration's increasingly restrictive sanctions on that country. But Trump disputed that he had signed off on any message. 'No I haven't discussed that,' he told reporters during a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 'No I haven't.' Macron says he has no formal mandate to speak for the G-7 leaders in delivering a message to Iran, but said he would be able to address the issue in the context of what they agreed to during a dinner. The annual G-7 summit has historically been used to highlight common ground among the world's leading democracies. But in a bid to work around Trump's impulsiveness, Macron has eschewed plans for a formal joint statement from this gathering. __ AP writer Kevin Freking contributed from Washington.
  • The Latest on the Group of Seven leaders' summit (all times local): 2:15 p.m. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has acknowledged that the prospect of a Brexit deal is 'touch and go,' as other European Union governments grasp the problems Britain has with the withdrawal agreement. Johnson told the BBC on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in France that in the last few days 'there has been a dawning realization in Brussels and other European capitals what the shape of the problem is for the U.K.' The British parliament has three times rejected a Brexit deal that Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, had agreed upon with the EU. Among the key issues is how to prevent the return of a border between EU member Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland. Johnson said: 'I think it's going to be touch and go but the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal.' ___ 1:55 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Council President Donald Turk sought out a bit of common ground during a meeting at the Group of Seven summit, the day after a testy exchange about Britain's pending exit from the European Union. The long-running tensions over Britain's departure from the EU got more personal on Saturday. Johnson and Tusk each suggested that the other is bent on scuttling the chances that the U.K. will break away from the single market of 500 million people with an agreement. But on Sunday, the exchange was a bit friendlier. Johnson said he and Tusk largely agreed on the world's major issues, regardless of whether there is a deal on Brexit. Tusk agreed Britain and Europe would remain close regardless of what happens at the Oct. 31 deadline. ___ 1:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says leaders of the world's major democracies are nearing an agreement on how to help fight the fires burning in the Amazon and repair the damage. He said they were trying to come up with appropriate mechanisms, both technical and financial. He thrust the Amazon fires to the top of the agenda of the G-7 summit after declaring it a global emergency and threatening to torpedo a trade deal with Brazil and other South American countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come down against blocking the so-called Mercosur trade accord but said she was in favor of treating the Amazon fires as an urgent threat. France claims a small part of the Amazon in its overseas department of French Guiana. ___ 1:45 p.m. Anti-capitalist protesters have canceled demonstrations planned outside the G-7 summit in southwest France after one of their leaders was among dozens detained in skirmishes with police. Alexis Chaussalet of activist group Attac said further actions Sunday are postponed because 'conditions are not met' to demonstrate peacefully. Police have locked down the area around the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, and detained 68 people at a protest Saturday accused of throwing projectiles and other disruptions. Local authorities said no one was injured but Chaussalet said dozens of demonstrators were hurt. He also said a protest leader who had been central to negotiations with local authorities to ensure peaceful demonstrations was arrested overnight. The Group of Seven leaders are discussing economic inequality at their lunch Sunday, in a luxury resort on the Atlantic coast, prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. ___ 1:35 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says France is ready to give up its tax on the digital services of tech companies as soon as there is a global agreement on how to tax internet giants such as Facebook and Google. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs on French wines in retaliation for the tax, which he says unfairly targets American companies. The tax is among the major focuses of this year's G-7 summit of the leaders of major democracies. Macron told reporters Sunday: 'I said very clearly to Trump yesterday that if we can come to an agreement together in the framework of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), we don't need to keep our tax.' Britain has proposed a similar tax. ___ 1:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says he has no formal mandate to speak for the G-7 leaders in delivering a message to Iran, but said he would be able to address the issue in the context of what they agreed to during a dinner. His comments came after U.S. President Donald Trump denied agreeing to anything regarding how to negotiate with Iran. Macron described the dinner as 'an informal discussion, free, intense, extremely long' that touched especially on the fires in the Amazon, the Ukrainian crisis and Russia. He said Trump is the president of the 'world's number one power' who has to defend his voters' interest, and had made his views on Iran and other subjects quite clear. Macron is walking a fine line as the host of this year's G-7 summit of major democracies, which is focused on the threat of a global recession, climate change and other major issues. ___ 12:50 p.m. Melania Trump, Brigitte Macron and other world leaders' wives are visiting the home of a famed French red pepper and tasting Basque country wine on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. The women are visiting the village of Espelette on Sunday, famed for its piment d'Espelette peppers. The peppers were used in the dinner that the Group of Seven leaders shared in nearby Biarritz on Saturday night. The spouses will have lunch at the Villa Arnaga, built by the French playwright who wrote 'Cyrano de Bergerac.' The villa is also where separatists from Basque group ETA signed a peace accord last year after decades of sometimes violent activism in Spain and France. The U.S. and French first ladies are joined by Akie Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister, Chile's first lady Cecilia Morel, Jenny Morrison, wife of Australia's prime minister, and Malgorzata Tusk, wife of the European Council president. ___ 12:45 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is treading the line on negotiations among G-7 leaders over how to handle Iran, after U.S. President Donald Trump disputed his claim that they had agreed he could deliver a message to Iran on the leaders' behalf. In an interview on LCI television just before Trump spoke, Macron said the leaders had agreed on what to say to Iran on their objectives. But Trump said he had agreed to nothing, and within a half-hour the French president's office released a new statement apparently trying to assuage Trump. Macron said he would continue his efforts to de-escalate the situation around Iran as president of the G-7. 'He will address a message to the Iranians on the basis of the exchanges in the G-7 format last night. Everyone will pursue their own outreach.' ___ 12:10 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson began his G-7 summit with a swim outside the rocky outcrop near the Hotel du Palais in the French resort of Biarritz. Johnson, who is known more as a runner than a swimmer, took a dip in the Atlantic with Britain's ambassador to France. French security officers, including one on a surfboard, accompanied the British leader as he swam around the rock. Johnson took the dip before an early morning breakfast meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. The beach is usually packed this time of year but is eerily empty this weekend because of heavy security for the Group of Seven summit with world leaders. ___ 12:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is disputing statements by the French government that the Group of Seven nations agreed to empower French President Emmanuel Macron to send a message on behalf of the advanced democracies to Iran. Asked if he signed onto the message, Trump told reporters, 'I haven't discussed that.' The French presidency said earlier Sunday that the leaders of the G-7 countries agreed to allow French President Emmanuel Macron to address a message to Iran in their name and to hold talks with Iranian officials. No details were provided on the message but the French presidency said the goal is to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and avoid further escalating tensions in the Middle East. Trump says during a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo that he's not stopping any leader from talking with Iran, noting Abe's recent outreach. He says: 'If they want to talk, they can talk.' ___ 11:50 a.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, shaking the hand of French President Emmanuel Macron, congratulated him on his handling of a 'difficult' discussion at the G-7 leaders' dinner the night before. Before taking their seats around the negotiating table Sunday morning to discuss the world economy, the leaders chatted and exchanged greetings. Johnson and Macron have sparred over Britain's plans to leave the European Union, but they were all smiles on Sunday. During a long handshake, Johnson told Macron 'You did very well last night. My God, that was a difficult one.' He added, in French, 'bien joué' - or 'well played.' The leaders dined together Saturday to kick off a summit that has laid bare huge differences between longtime allies on a range of topics, from trade to climate change and how to save a deal on Iran's nuclear program. The French presidency said they agreed to let Macron speak for the G-7 in a message to Iran. ___ 11:15 a.m. Leaders of the G-7 countries agreed to allow French President Emmanuel Macron to address a message to Iran in their name. The French presidency said Macron will hold talks with Iranian authorities on the basis of discussions at the Group of Seven summit informal dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders on Saturday night in the French town of Biarritz. No details were provided on the message but the French presidency said the goal is to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and avoid further escalating tensions in the Middle East. France holds the presidency of the Group of Seven rich democracies this year. For several months, Macron has taken a lead role in trying to save the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, which has been unraveling since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement. Macron met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Paris on Friday before heading to Biarritz for the summit. ___ 10:50 a.m. Critics of French President Emmanuel Macron are marching near the G-7 summit he is hosting to demand he do more to protect French workers and the planet. A mix of activists, some wearing yellow vests, carried portraits of Macron as they marched Sunday through the southwest city of Bayonne. Some held the portraits upside down. The march came as Macron hosted U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of major democracies for talks Sunday in neighboring Biarritz on the shaky global economy. The protesters are holding portraits in solidarity with environmental activists who removed official portraits of Macron from town halls around France earlier this year to protest his climate change policies. Internationally, Macron is a vocal champion of fighting climate change, and has challenged Trump on the issue. At home in France, however, activists accuse him of lagging on promises to wean France from fossil fuels. ___ 10:35 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson say they are talking about the way forward on a comprehensive trade agreement after Britain leaves the European Union. In a joint statement Sunday after their first meeting, on the sidelines of the G-7 summit, the two said they would create a working group on trade issues. Johnson has complained about American restrictions on imports of food and other items. The British prime minister is meeting later Sunday with European Council President Donald Tusk, whose welcome will be considerably less warm. The two are widely expected to discuss the bill for Brexit. ___ 9:45 a.m. Leaders of the Group of Seven are arriving for a working meeting focused on looming threats to the global economy. U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of the other G-7 countries, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada as well as the European Union were expected to discuss the spread of trade disputes, notably the U.S. trade war with China. Sunday's gathering in the French seaside resort of Biarritz comes on the heels of the first face-to-face meeting between Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hoping for a quick trade accord with the United States as Britain's exit from the European Union approaches. ___ 9:20 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump has offered British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a boost, saying he's the 'right man' to deliver Brexit. Speaking on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in France, Trump was asked what his advice was for Britain's departure from the European Union. Trump responded: 'He needs no advice. He is the right man for the job.' Johnson replied that the president was 'on message there.' The much-anticipated meeting was the first since Johnson took Britain's top job last month. The pair met for a working breakfast on Sunday after being photographed on Saturday night walking and talking on the margins of the summit. Johnson desperately needs a U.S. trade deal post-Brexit, as Britain will lose its easy access to the EU's single market. ___ 9:15 a.m. Leaders of major world economies are meeting to discuss the shaky world economy amid trade disputes and uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump's policies. Trump tried to play down tensions among Group of Seven leaders after they had dinner Saturday in the southwest French resort of Biarritz. He is worried that the global economic slowdown is spreading to the U.S. before next year's elections. The G-7 leaders are meeting Sunday morning to focus on what they can do together to boost the economy. They include the heads of Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy. Disputes on trade have unsettled the global economy because businesses don't know where tariffs will be imposed. Anti-capitalist protesters also plan demonstrations Sunday after clashing with police near Biarritz on the summit's opening day Saturday.
  • Authorities say a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who said he was shot in a station parking lot was lying. Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon said at a news conference late Saturday that Wednesday's 'reported sniper assault was fabricated' by Angel Reinosa, a 21-year-old deputy. A department statement on Thursday had said a round hit the top of Reinosa's shoulder, damaging his uniform shirt but failing to penetrate his flesh. But Sheriff's Capt. Kent Wegener says no bullets were recovered from the scene and detectives saw 'no visible injuries.' He says Reinosa eventually admitted making up the story and using a knife to cut the two holes in his shirt. Reinosa has been relieved of his duties and will face a criminal investigation. Wegener says Reinosa didn't explain a motive.
  • The first fissures emerged among G-7 leaders on Sunday over how to deal with Iran, as U.S. President Donald Trump denied he had signed on to an agreement on giving France a leading role as a go-between with the world's major democracies. Trump had tried to play down tensions among Group of Seven leaders after an intimate dinner Saturday in the southwest French resort of Biarritz, but came out swiftly to dispute France's claim that they had agreed to let President Emmanuel Macron deliver a message to Iran on their behalf. For several months, Macron has taken a lead role in trying to save the 2015 nuclear accord, which has been unraveling since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement. No details were provided on what the G-7 message to Iran would be but Macron said the goal is to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and avoid a further escalation in tensions in the Middle East. 'I haven't discussed that,' Trump said Sunday morning. He described the dinner as 'very, very good' and blamed the media for anything that implied otherwise. But it seemed from other accounts that the previous night's dinner had been tense and the divide between him and the rest of the G-7 were clear. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, greeting Macron for a morning meeting, congratulated the French president and shook his hand. 'You did very well last night. My God that was a difficult one. You did brilliant, you did brilliant,' he said. Johnson himself was critical of the U.S. trade war with China, which has been casting shadows over the world economy. The G-7 leaders regrouped on Sunday morning to focus on what they can do to boost growth at a time of heightened uncertainty. Manufacturers around the world are smarting from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which has led to new import taxes on hundreds of billions of dollars-worth of goods. Businesses don't know where tariffs will be imposed next. The White House had said putting the economy on the agenda was Trump's idea, but the G-7 has for over four decades always included a focus on the economy: it was founded as a response to the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s and the recession that followed. The backdrop is particularly worrying this year, with the U.S. economy slowing and Germany and Italy close to recession. Meanwhile, Britain is due to leave the EU in October and there is no agreement on how it should happen, raising the possibility of a disorderly exit that could wreak havoc for business in Europe. The G-7 summit includes the heads of Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy as well as a representative of the 28-country EU. In the nearby town of Bayonne, protesters demanded Macron do more to protect French workers and the planet. A mix of activists, some wearing yellow vests, carried portraits of the French president as they marched Sunday in solidarity with environmental activists who removed official portraits of Macron from town halls around France earlier this year to protest his climate change policies. Internationally, Macron is a vocal champion of fighting climate change, and has challenged Trump on the issue. At home in France, however, activists accuse him of lagging on promises to wean France from fossil fuels. ___ Zeke Miller contributed.
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of Seven summit. (all times local): 1:20 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump's only regret in escalating the trade war with China was in not being more aggressive. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham says Trump was 'greatly misinterpreted' earlier Sunday when he was asked if he had any second thoughts about escalating the trade war with China. Trump responded to reporters 'Yeah. For sure,' adding he has 'second thoughts about everything.' But Grisham says 'President Trump responded in the affirmative — because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.' Trump is facing pressure from allies at the Group of Seven summit in France to reduce, not escalate, tensions with China due to the softening global economy. ____ 12:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says he'll probably meet again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The two met in Singapore and Hanoi and had a brief chat recently at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. When asked at the G-7 summit in France about meeting Kim again, Trump said Sunday: 'Probably have one more.' The U.S. and North Korea haven't reached an agreement for Kim to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions. North Korea said Sunday that Kim supervised a test-firing of a 'newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher' — another demonstration of its expanding weapons arsenal. Trump says he's not happy about the tests. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes the North's recent tests violate U.N. resolutions. ___ 12:30 p.m. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are discussing the new North American free trade agreement as they meet on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in France. The two countries and Mexico agreed last year to modify the existing accord with what they termed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. All three nation's legislatures must first approve the long-sought modernization of the 1990s trade agreement before it can go into effect. Trump says the trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada will be significantly expanded when USMCA is completed. He adds, 'I think it's a very special agreement.' Securing approval for USMCA in Congress is Trump's top legislative priority for the year. Democrats are seeking changes designed to ensure the enforcement of the pact's labor and environmental standards. ___ 11:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is disputing statements by the French government that the Group of Seven nations agreed to empower French President Emmanuel Macron to send a message on behalf of the advanced democracies to Iran. Asked if he signed onto the message, Trump told reporters, 'I haven't discussed that.' The French presidency said earlier Sunday that the leaders of the G-7 countries agreed to allow French President Emmanuel Macron to address a message to Iran in their name and to hold talks with Iranian officials. No details were provided on the message but the French presidency said the goal is to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and avoid further escalating tensions in the Middle East. Trump says during a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo that he's not stopping any leader from talking with Iran, noting Abe's recent outreach. He says: 'If they want to talk, they can talk.' ___ 9:00 a.m. President Donald Trump says he has confidence in new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to carry out Brexit talks with the European Union. Speaking to reporters during their first meeting since Johnson's elevation to the post, Trump says of Johnson and the talks: 'He needs no advice. He's the right man for the job.' Johnson faces what he called 'tough talks' in the weeks and months ahead with the EU as they hurtle toward a no-deal exit in October. He joked to Trump that 'you're on message there.' Trump also appeared to speak disapprovingly of Theresa May, Johnson's predecessor, saying approvingly that the new prime minister is 'a different person.' Trump frequently criticized May's handling of the talks. Trump promised that he and Johnson would work out 'a very big trade deal' between their two nations once the United Kingdom leaves the EU. ____ 8:45 a.m. President Donald Trump says he has 'second thoughts about everything' when asked if he regrets escalating a trade war with China. Trump tells reporters at the Group of Seven summit that 'we're getting along well right now with China' despite dueling barrages of tariffs issued Friday and a new threat to try to force U.S. businesses to leave China. Trump appeared to be trying to de-escalate tensions with China over concerns that a global economic slowdown could be spreading to the U.S. Trump was meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has said one of his messages to Trump was to de-escalate the trade war. During their breakfast meeting he advocated for free trade, saying the U.K. has benefited from it for over 200 years. ____ 8:30 a.m. President Donald Trump says it's 'possible' he will invite Russia to rejoin the annual meeting of the world's advanced economies when he hosts the summit next year. Speaking at the Group of Seven summit in France during a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Trump says he's considering inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia was a member of what was then the Group of Eight, but was expelled by the majority of the other countries in 2014 over its invasion of Ukraine. European nations have insisted that Russia first comply with the Minsk Accords before it is allowed to rejoin. Trump has not said under what criteria he'd re-invite Putin. ___ 8:00 a.m. President Donald Trump is disputing reports that he faces a tense reception from world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France. In a Sunday morning tweet Trump says 'the Leaders are getting along very well.' Trump is trying to use the summit to convince global leaders to do more to address a global economic slowdown, as fears rise it could soon affect the U.S. ahead of his re-election. But his counterparts, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom he is set to meet Sunday, are trying to convince him to back off his trade war with China and other countries, which they see as contributing to the economic weakening. Trump tweets that 'our Country, economically, is doing great — the talk of the world!

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