Friday, 19 October, 2018

Trump rips Canada and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in tweets from Singapore

Trump rips Canada and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in tweets from Singapore Trump rips Canada and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in tweets from Singapore
Lisa Bryan | 12 June, 2018, 04:35

Mr Navarro said Mr Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the United States loses influence in the world after Trump pulled back support of the G7 summit statement, public broadcaster NRK reported Sunday.

"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", Mr. Trudeau said.

He said he didn't blame the other world leaders, saying their countries struck good deals at America's expense, and said he blamed previous US presidents.

"This isn't just G7". And we charge nothing. "They do this WAY better than the USA gov't, and I am forever grateful", she tweeted.

After the conclusion of the summit, Trump again said he would not allow other countries to impose barriers on the United States. "They're also anxious about the retaliatory measures that we will take".

Those were fighting words for Trump.

"The Prime Minister pressed the President to reconsider the USA tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, and encouraged him to work with Canada to address unfair trade", a Canadian readout of their meeting reads. At one point he wrote, "Justin acts hurt when called out!"

The moment he left for the airport on Sunday, he let the tweets rip his host.

He called Mr Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Mr Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new USA tariffs. Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%.

Those tensions boiled over on Saturday, with Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the the G7 communique, a negotiated statement on shared priorities among the group.


Mr Trump said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements. and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our United States farmers, workers and companies".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of "betrayal" and said he "stabbed us in the back" with a "sophomoric political stunt".

His aides took the matter further. He really actually, you know what? We agreed. We compromised on the communique. He says that we are the problem with tariffs.

With just over a year to go before the next elections, the former teacher, who was born on Christmas Day 1971, could stand to gain politically from the trade war being unleashed by his southern neighbor.

Later Sunday, Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro piles on - "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door". Success. Only to see a tweet from Donald Trump a little later rescinding his signature over something Justin Trudeau had said at his news conference. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

A number of G-7 officials had tried to brush aside Trump's comments during the Quebec summit, suggesting he was trying to show bravado ahead of his talks with the North Korean leader.

Mr. Trump, though, said conversations were cordial and respectful at the summit.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said Sunday that the rift between G7 members at the summit reflects the unpredictability in global political arena, and he hoped the aftermath of the summit would be cleared up quickly.

He also got direct personal support from some European leaders.

After Trump left the G7 gathering, he lashed out at Trudeau via Twitter, calling him "very dishonest and weak", among other things.

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