Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump takes more swipes at Canada after arrival in Singapore

Trump takes more swipes at Canada after arrival in Singapore

Saturday, Trump summit pulled the USA endorsement of the summit communique - a joint statement that was signed by all the other G7 participants: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Just as the G7 meeting of the world's leading industrialised nations had seemed to weather Mr Trump's threats of a trade war, the president backed out of the group's joint statement that Mr Trudeau said all the leaders had come together to sign.

After Mr Trump had left the summit in Quebec he rounded on Justin Trudeau personally via Twitter, suggesting the Canadian prime minister was "very dishonest and weak" and "acts hurt when called out".

But unity was torn apart when the U.S. president took exception to Mr Trudeau calling United States policy "insulting". Mr. Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to U.S. security.

"Just when we thought it couldn't get worse", Nicholas Burns, US ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the George W. Bush administration, said on Twitter after Kudlow's appearance on CNN.

The U.S. does maintain some of the lowest tariffs in the world - if not the lowest - with an average levy of 2.8% on all goods, according to a ranking from the World Trade Organization.

Last week, Canada hit back at the Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion US dollars) worth of USA steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products.

The outburst against Trudeau, and by association the other G7 members, is only the latest incident in which Trump has clashed with America's closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin. "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".

That was the Trump Tweet after he left the G7 conference in Quebec early to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Trudeau and the rest of the G-7 failed to seize on Trump's proposal. Trump refused to sign a previously-negotiated joint statement written by all seven countries, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to say in a statement Sunday that "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks ..." And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

"That's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", Navarro said.

As well as criticising the tariffs, Mrs May has also opposed Mr Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of leading industrialised nations.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said on Twitter on Sunday that the G7 meeting "shows that united support for free trade is at serious risk".

She acknowledged the European Union would have to respond to the tariffs with its own penalties on USA imports but she hoped that it would not lead to wider "tit-for-tat" reprisals.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

Mr. Trump addressed the subject of worldwide trade during an impromptu news conference at the summit on Saturday, saying that he does not want to see other countries take advantage of the United States over trade. "I think within the first minute I'll know".

He added that EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker thanked Trudeau "for the excellent preparation and chairing of this challenging summit".

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