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Frustration with U.S. setting stage for dysfunctional G7 summit

Donald Trump waving before boarding Air Force One
President Trump boarding Air Force One in May 2018. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

President Trump is scheduled to be in attendance when the G7 summit begins in Quebec City tomorrow, although he has complained vociferously about going.

Why it matters: It will be the most dysfunctional G7 meeting — by a long margin — since the first in 1975. The Europeans, Japanese and Canadians all feel like they've been wrong-footed by the American president on trade. After their collective irritation with U.S. withdrawals from the Paris climate agreement and Iran nuclear deal, they're no longer hiding behind pleasantries.

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Korean summit a major step toward peace

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in at a summit in South Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea. Photo: Korea Summit Press Pool via Getty Images)

After President Trump snapped the ball, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have run with it, pledging at their joint summit this morning to seek a formal end to the Korean War and pursue with a shared goal of denuclearizing the peninsula.

Why it matters: This is the first major positive geopolitical development of the year. It’s hard to see the U.S. credibly threatening military pre-emption when peace is breaking out across the peninsula — which is precisely the point.