"Fair trade now fool trade", Trump vents anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, Trudeau

Jun 11, 2018, 12:31

President Donald Trump tweeted out more criticism of USA trade partners Monday, including allies in Europe and Canada, adding to his declarations that the United States will no longer tolerate what he has called "trade abuse".

Trudeau's office said he had not said anything in his closing G7 news conference he had not said to Trump before.

Trudeau announced on Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed the joint communique; however, he noted that the USA tariffs are "insulting" and Canada "will not be pushed around".

Speaking to reporters from her home country, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the US' retraction of support for a shared statement "sobering and somewhat depressing".

European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

This is what he tweeted out Monday morning in Singapore (Sunday night in the United States): "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

Trump announced after Trudeau's press conference that the US would not sign onto the G-7 communique. At one point he wrote, "Justin acts hurt when called out!". He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed USA trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade". "$800 Billion Trade Deficit." he tweeted.

Trump on Sunday went on to criticize the European Union for having a $151 billion trade surplus with the USA, when in fact it is $101 billion, according to the Associated Press.

And he launched a broadside at Angela Merkel's government, saying: "Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP". Does anybody believe that makes sense?

"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on trade".

The escalating rhetoric culminated in a surreal telephone conversation where Mr Trump defended his strategy by suggesting to Mr Trudeau that Canadians were responsible for burning down the White House.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland added that "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks, we don't think that it's a useful or productive way to do business and perhaps we refrain particulary from ad hominem attacks when it comes to our relationship with our allies".

Other G7 partners also seemed stunned by Mr Trump's reaction, and pledged to support the communique.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement: "We are focused on everything we accomplished at the G7 summit".

US President Donald Trump, apparently still fuming over "dishonest and weak" Justin Trudeau for threatening to respond to US tariffs in kind, took to Twitter to slam the Canadian PM again and vent his anger at the tight-fisted EU.

This followed two days of feuding with some of his closest allies - one French official told reporters of a "very unusual" and "bitter" exchange Friday between world leaders, describing the USA president making his case in a "Rant".

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement. Can't do it in person.

But Mr. Trudeau also said it was "kind of insulting" the US had imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum under the guise of national security, noting Canadians stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Americans in overseas wars.

United States trade advisor Peter Navarro, speaking on Fox News Sunday, reinforced that message. But in WTO negotiations, the United States bartered those and other things away for what it wanted, including strong protections for intellectual property, or IP. "All Justin Trudeau had to do was take the win". "That will not stand".

Kudlow said Trudeau had engaged in a "a sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption" and should apologize.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News.

"Don't blame Trump. It was Trudeau who started blasting Trump after he left, after the deals had been made".

What did Trudeau say to warrant Kudlow's claims?

Peter Navarro lit into Canadian Prime Minister, accusing him of acting in 'bad faith'. Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imported to the United States from the EU, Canada and Mexico.

"Mr. Trudeau had sought to play down personal clashes with Mr. Trump as he wrapped up the summit, calling the meeting "very successful" and saying he was 'inspired by the discussion.'", the paper adds.

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, in general, make financial contributions based on their economic output, and as a result of being the world's biggest economy the United States does contribute a larger amount than other nations.

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