Johnson made the statements after arriving for the G7 summit in the southwestern French city of Biarritz.
“Clearly the state of global trade, I’m very worried about the way it’s going. The growth of protectionism, of tariffs, that we’re seeing,” Johnson said. “There are all sorts of people, who will take any excuse at all to interfere with free trade and to frustrate trade deals, and I don’t want to see that.”
When questioned by reporters on whether he would ask Trump not to escalate the trade war with China, Johnson responded “you bet.”
Trump arrived in France Saturday morning. He and Johnson are due to meet on the sidelines of the summit Sunday morning.
The G7 represents the world’s major economies. The membership includes the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom. In small group sessions, with only the leaders and few aides present, the world’s major economic and geopolitical problems are discussed at length.