Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

'Fair trade now fool trade', Trump vents anger on Nato allies, Trudeau

'Fair trade now fool trade', Trump vents anger on Nato allies, Trudeau

"They come on you abruptly and dissipate just as quickly", Mulroney told reporters in Ottawa Monday night.

And while she joined with Mr. Trudeau and other European leaders in opposing the US decision to slap import tariffs on steel and aluminum, she urged continued dialogue.

Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore, repeating his criticism of USA trade policies with Canada - he also took aim at Germany - in a multitweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told. Mulroney began working with Trudeau a year ago. But the trolled Prime Minister had his staunch supporters too. "It was very friendly", Trump said.

Mr Trump also said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry, throwing the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray.

The escalating clash cast a shadow over the Trump's nuclear talks with Kim and led critics to question why the president was bashing US partners while appearing to cozy up to one of Washington's bitterest long-time foes.

Mexico hit back with fiscal penalties on US exports like pork, steel, cheese and whiskey.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why Trump had focused his tweets on Canada and the European Union over trade disputes and on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners over defense costs and not on his talks with Kim set for Tuesday.

He sent a tweet that suggested he stands by the G7 communique despite the president's second thoughts.

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On that note, Trump had cut short his trip to La Malbaie in Canada where the much-awaited G7 summit took place.

Earlier that day, Trump also tweeted: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Trudeau had used the word "insulting" several times in the last two weeks to describe Trump's tariffs, as the prime minister has taken issue with the fact they're being applied on the premise that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S. "Canada, thank you for the ideal organisation of G7!", he said further, about the meet hosted by Trudeau in Quebec. "Kim must not see American weakness".

And Trudeau has certainly been among the leaders in that regard in recent days. As Trump flew from the summit with US allies to a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he lashed out at Trudeau for what he said were his "false statements" at a news conference and said the USA would not endorse the G7 communique, a negotiated statement on shared priorities among the group.

"Here's the thing", Kudlow said, "he really kind of stabbed us in the back".

Kudlow, who was in Canada with President Trump for the G-7 meeting, told CNN on Sunday that the USA had come to an agreement with the other highly-industrialized nations in the group on a joint communique until Trudeau's "sophomoric play".

"I think they will express their concern, probably more individually than as a group, quietly", said James Blanchard, a former USA ambassador to Canada for former President Bill Clinton.

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