Donald Trump Has a Go at Allies After Discordant G7 Summit

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

In a flurry of tweets from Air Force One, en route to Singapore for a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, Trump accused Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister and host of the summit in Quebec, of being "very dishonest". Kudlow called Trudeau's remarks a "betrayal" and said "he really kind of stabbed us in the back", while Navarro scowled, "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump".

Trump complained on Sunday that he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference. "I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry", Trudeau said Saturday. "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

"I mean we had Obama for the last eight years also threatening tariffs". Trudeau again denounced Trump's decision to invoke national security concerns to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel as "insulting" to the Canadian war veterans who had fought alongside USA allies. But the president broadsided his allies after leaving the meeting by disavowing a joint statement the United States had agreed to, criticising Trudeau and vowing tariffs on cars.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who also attended the G7 summit in Canada, stood with Trudeau on the issue of trade.

"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" he tweeted.

Ms Freeland told reporters that she had met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday and would speak to him later on Sunday, adding that she believes a deal to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement is still possible.


According to the Quebec newspaper, talks quickly disintegrated after that and word spread that Trump was planning to hold his own private press conference before leaving the summit early.

President Donald Trump's call to bring Russian Federation back into a group of the world's major advanced economies drew opposition from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who said Moscow shouldn't be rewarded for its bad - and unrepentant - behavior. "Sometimes it seems that the American president thinks that only one side wins and everyone else loses", Merkel said, apparently speaking about Trump's verbal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

European carmakers argue that they employ tens of thousands of American workers across the United States and that any tariffs would result in USA layoffs.

Trump's renewed comments on trade come amid a growing dispute between Washington and its top allies. From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".

Germany also said it remained committed to the G7 declaration.

Canada are hosting the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie.

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