Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

What caused the rift?

"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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called President Donald Trump's choice to break ranks with US allies-by backing out of a joint statement on social media and then deride foreign leaders-"a little depressing".

"As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around,"Trudeau said".

Trump responded to the Canadian prime minster's news conference by tweeting that because of Trudeau's statement, he would not sign the communique that the G-7 nations had drafted at the summit.

The president did not specify which exact remarks he considered to be false.

"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. A visit in April 2018 warranted only a working lunch for the German leader, several days after fellow European Union leader Macron got the full, formal state dinner treatment from Trump. "Do Timber & Lumber in USA?"

Based on that account, Trudeau wasn't the only G-7 leader who toned down the rhetoric in direct talks.

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While G-7 members have been sharing concerns over North Korea, disputes with the United States over trade have been escalating. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed retaliatory action next month over USA tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Trump has drawn criticism in recent days for suggesting that Russian Federation rejoin the G-7. Sen. The president later appeared to backtrack from his support for that statement, writing that "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal". The EU trade surplus with the $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.

The summit was soured by a row over the United States president Donald Trump's decision to impose higher import taxes on aluminium and steel imports. "Instead, we act then too". "He didn't attack [President Trump] in any way, other than restate Canada would retaliate for tariffs".

It's true that Canadian farmers benefit from high tariffs on imported dairy, while many US farmers are facing an existential crisis.

Abe has repeatedly urged Trump to raise the abduction issue in his upcoming summit with Kim, arranging talks in Washington en route to the annual G7 gathering to press the point home to the US leader.

Trump also took aim at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for relying too heavily on the USA for their security. "I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" he wrote. "For the United States, frankly, it would be a good thing". The former are targeted with a 25-percent tariff, while a 2.5 percent tariff applies on other vehicles. She also said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures. Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business".

That argument, however, has rarely been used by WTO member states, partially because proving that the exception applies is usually hard and virtually impossible in Trump's case. A frenzied effort last month to reach a deal that could pass the current U.S. Congress by the end of this year has stalled, in part after Trudeau's final push ran up against Trump's insistence on a five-year sunset clause that would see the pact renegotiated or killed after five years.

And he said he told Trump "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on 1 July, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

Officially, the Trump administration used national security grounds to justify the tariffs, but Trump's clash with Canada may have more to do with a perceived personal slight than the facts of the bilateral relationship.

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