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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble arrives for the G7 Financial ministers meeting in the southern Italian city of Bari, Italy, May 12, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi


BARI, Italy (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday he would tell the U.S. Treasury Secretary that the world needs the United States' leadership.

The new administration of President Donald Trump was the focus of comments by finance ministers entering a two-day meeting of the group of seven rich countries in Bari, Italy.

Schaeuble said his message to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be that "we need a strong United States to lead the global economy and global politics on a sustainable way."

Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said Trump's plan to slash taxes on businesses was "ambitions" and he would be watching to see how it affected U.S. growth. He added that he was "not worried" about its broader affects on the economy.

(Reporting by David Lawder, writing by Gavin Jones)

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