Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in crisis as Donald Trump lashes out at key allies

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in crisis as Donald Trump lashes out at key allies

Russian Federation was expelled from the group - which now includes France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA - following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Briefing reporters immediately before cutting short his stay at the conference in Quebec and heading to Singapore for a nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump firmly denied the G7 meeting had been contentious. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said on CBS' "Face The Nation" that "right now, the President is actually driving our allies away from us as we need them even more, while welcoming in the Russians".

"I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do, because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

The president cites national security for imposing a 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel, and 10 percent on aluminum.

On the eve of Mr. Trump's meeting with Mr. Kim, one of the president's top trade advisers, Peter Navarro, said there was "a special place in hell" for leaders like Mr. Trudeau, accusing him of engaging in "bad-faith diplomacy" with Mr. Trump.

"We are convinced that a modernisation is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said.

Among other insults the president levelled at the PM, Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak", and accused Canada of ripping the US off in trade. Photo taken June 8, 2018.

Officials have stressed the two countries' extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 USA states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbor.

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Mr Trump attacked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as "obsolete and disproportionately too expensive" during the presidential campaign and returned to the theme after the G7 summit in Canada.

Trump said Friday that Russian Federation should be a part of the talks - a move that was likely to find little agreement among the group.

But, despite the summit ending in acrimony, Mrs May stressed the United Kingdom remains committed to working together with other nations on global challenges such as free trade.

When Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Navarro whether his sentiments came from the president, he said "those are my words, but they are the sentiment that were on Air Force One". The French presidency had earlier condemned "fits of anger".

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", he said in a statement. Kudlow said Trump won't let people "take pot shots at him" and that Trudeau "should've known better". Trump and Navarro in ratcheting up tensions with Canada since the tariffs were announced at the end of May.

"This is of great concern to the G7". I do not know where we go from here. "It is impossible to predict what Trump will do next", said a senior G7 official on the summit outcome. "It is even more important that Europe stands together and even more aggressively represents its interests".

"The world as we know it, namely the USA -led rules-based multilateralism, is now in serious danger of unraveling, as illustrated at the G7 meeting", said Erik Nielsen, chief economist at Unicredit Bank.

U.S. President Donald Trump's blistering attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has driven bilateral relations to their lowest point in decades and left Ottawa with few options for averting a trade war with its much bigger neighbor.

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