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G7 wraps up with Trudeau taking action on Amazon wildfires, Trump looking to end trade war with China

Last Updated Aug 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm PST

Summary

Justin Trudeau has committed water bombers and $15-million in funding to help fight the Amazon wildfires

Climate change, trade, and global tensions were all priorities for world leaders at the G7 summit

Donald Trump has said the U.S. would try to negotiate an end to the trade standoff with China

BIARRITZ, France – The G7 summit has ended in France, with world leaders pledging to provide aid as the wildfires in the Amazon continue to burn.

“To put an end to this crisis,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the wildfires, which he has described as a symptom of the climate crisis.

Trudeau said on Monday that Canada will support South America as flames continue to ravage the Amazon.

As such, he has committed water bombers and $15-million in funding to help fight the fires — that’s on top of the $20-million in emergency aid announced by the G7.

“As we fight a blaze that has impacts not just on the region, but on our entire planet,” Trudeau said.

Meanwhile, leaders also pledge to take action to address global uncertainty around the economy.

Trudeau pushed an economic agenda as he sat down with allies amid concerns of a global recession. A big step towards calming those fears came from President Donald Trump, who said the U.S. would try to negotiate an end to the trade standoff with China.

“I think they want to make a deal, I’m not sure they have a choice,” Trump said. “The tariffs have hit them very hard.”

He also made waves by doubling down on his stance that Russia should be invited to next year’s summit, which Trump plans to hold at his private golf course in Miami.

“Better to have Russia inside the tent than outside the tent,” Trump said.

However, Trudeau took issue with his U.S. counterpart’s idea, and expressed his displeasure at the possible invitation.

“Russia’s actions, both in Ukraine and in other ways, have clearly made it not eligible,” Trudeau said.