The Latest: A leaders’ lunch for Trump, Macron in Biarritz

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BIARRITZ, France (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL’ mah-KROHN’) are having a private lunch before the start of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz.

Macron, who’s hosting the summit, says the leaders are discussing “a lot of crisis” around the world, including Libya, Iran and Russia, as well as trade policy and climate change.

Trump says the two leaders “actually have a lot in common” and a “special relationship.” He adds, “We’ll accomplish a lot this weekend and I look forward to it.”

Asked if he would follow through on his threat to place tariffs on French wines in retaliation for France’s digital services tax, Trump was noncommittal, saying only that “I love French wine.”

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2:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL’ mah-KROHN’) are set to have lunch before the official start of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz – and amid fresh trade tensions between the two allies.

The Elysee presidential palace confirms that the two leaders will dine outside the Hotel du Palais after Trump arrived in the seaside resort town for the summit of the world’s richest democracies.

On Friday, Trump threatened to place tariffs on French wine imports to the U.S. over France’s digital services tax.

Before Trump landed in France, the European Council’s president, Donald Tusk, promised European Union action if the U.S. followed through on the wine tariffs.

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1:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived in France for a summit with world leaders. The Group of Seven meeting in Biarritz comes amid anxieties over a global economic slowdown and the president’s escalating trade war with China.

Air Force One arrived in the seaside resort town on Saturday afternoon.

The two-day summit is taking place at one of the most unpredictable moments in Trump’s tenure, with his public comments and decision-making increasingly erratic and acerbic of late.

Trump faces a wary reception from fellow world leaders. He’s opened new points of tension with allies on trade, Iran and Russia.

The summit is scheduled to kick off with a dinner Saturday night. The summit is expected to focus on economic issues and climate change, among other topics.

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7:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump heads into a summit with global economic powers confronting the consequences of his preference for going it alone in a polarized nation and an interconnected world.

The Group of Seven nations are gathering in a French beach resort town at one of the most unpredictable moments in Trump’s tenure, with his public comments and decision-making increasingly erratic and acerbic of late.

Trump faces an icy reception on the world stage, where many challenges await.

With fears of a financial downturn spreading, Trump has ridiculed Germany for its economic travails. But he may well need German leader Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) and others to help blunt the force of China’s newly aggressive tariffs on U.S. goods.

French President Emmanuel Macron, right right, flanked by President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region Alain Rousset, center, samples local produce and wine, as he tours the exhibition hall above the international press center on the opening day of the G7 summit, in Anglet, southwestern France, Saturday Aug.24, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and the six other leaders of the Group of Seven nations will begin meeting Saturday for three days in the southwestern French resort town of Biarritz. France holds the 2019 presidency of the G-7, which also includes Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan. Biarritz. (Ian Langsdon, Pool via AP)
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