Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Pres. Trump takes more swipes at Canada after arrival in Singapore

Pres. Trump takes more swipes at Canada after arrival in Singapore

A divisive summit in Canada at the weekend ended with U.S. President Donald Trump firing off a volley of tweets, venting anger against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump had earlier lashed out at Canadian leader Justin Trudeau for what he said were "false statements" at a news conference and said the U.S. would not endorse the G7 communique.

Trump announced on Twitter he had made the decision following comments from Trudeau that Canada would move ahead with imposing retaliatory measures on the United States in response to newly imposed tariffs imposed by the U.S. on aluminum and steel.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed a joint communique.

Hours after Mr Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Mr Trudeau, Mr Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbour. "Kim must not see American weakness".

US President Donald Trump continued to excoriate his Group of 7 summit allies in a series of tweets from Singapore, where he is due to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a historic summit Tuesday.

Trump advisers had taken up the attack in appearances on Sunday's news shows, leveling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time. "I blame our past leaders for allowing this to happen", Trump said, even pronouncing the German chancellor's name correctly.

"We don't want to stand alone in the world", Feinstein said on CNN's State of the Union.

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The United States has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum.

"When there's a trade war, everyone's a loser".

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's office announced in a statement, according to Reuters.

"President Trump ... went through those two days of conference talking about the need for a new free trade system - no tariffs, no tariff barriers, no subsidies".

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back". "We need to stand with our democratic allies".

"The U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!)", Trump tweeted.

Another stumbling block was the part regarding climate change, where the USA didn't want to see any reference to the Paris Agreement, from which the Trump administration has withdrawn, The Star reported. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox News, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

The president also repeated claims that Canada overtaxes American dairy products under its supply management system and complained about Canadian automobiles entering the USA market. Here's point #14 in its entirety, for example: "Recognizing that countries that are more equal are also more stable, more peaceful and more democratic, we are resolved to strengthen the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda".

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