Trump takes more swipes at Canada after arrival in Singapore

Frederick Owens
June 11, 2018

According to BBC, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, and Germany agreed on "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", as well as, the importance to fight protectionism.

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new USA tariffs, didn't respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders.

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, R-Neb., said in a statement: "If the president is actually serious about leading the expansion of a G-7 no-tariff, free-trade agreement, that's tremendous, tremendous news - for the USA and for the free nations of the world".

Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on Twitter on Saturday and then sent Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro to hammer the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbor.

In his summit statement, Trudeau called USA tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum imports "insulting" - a word he had used several times in the last two weeks to describe the American premise that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S.

The diplomatic world was left flabbergasted this weekend after US President Donald Trump caused havoc at the annual G7 summit in Canada, insulting his host Justin Trudeau before jetting off halfway across the world to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without a specific agenda for the discussions.

Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau's statements, saying they represent "bad faith".

US President Donald Trump is seated amid a crowd of officials.

Mrs May added: "President Trump and I had a brief word here at the summit about how he is looking forward to his visit to the United Kingdom and I look forward to welcoming him to the United Kingdom".

The office of French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Trump's refusal to back the G-7 declaration in a statement to Agence France-Presse.

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At the G-7 summit, Trump's spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the USA was "close to a deal" on NAFTA.

Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from the European Union on June 1, a move he said was meant to protect USA national security. "And a great gentleman called me from India and he said, we have just reduced the tariff on motorcycles, reduced it down to 50 per cent from 75, and even 100 per cent", he said.

The President's intervention torpedoed an attempt to reassert the group's commitment to free trade and paper over the cracks in the western alliance exposed by Trump's controversial decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Unbowed, Mr Trump tweeted anew on Monday morning from Singapore: "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal". "As Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around", he said.

Before he was elected Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau faced a consistent type of criticism from his opponents: he was too young and too eager to please, conservatives said.

Hampson, whose most recent book is about former prime minister Brian Mulroney's diplomacy as North American trade deals were originally struck, said Mulroney has continued to be a behind-the-scenes adviser to Trudeau's government, as he has personal connections with some Trump insiders.

"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore".

"As long-standing allies, we do not make progress by ignoring each others' concerns but rather by addressing them together", she said.

Despite Trump's withdrawal and decision to double down on restricting foreign goods entering the U.S. market, Merkel insisted that she would continue to hold talks and work together with the president.

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