Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un converged on this island city state Sunday ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday morning meant to settle a stand-off over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Then, as he was departing this past weekend's G7 summit, Trump took to Twitter to air some grievences with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But Trudeau's absence was also likely part of a deliberate strategy to not add fuel to the Trump fire.

Mr Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate over new USA tariffs, did not respond to questions about Mr Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel on Sunday for meetings with other world leaders.

That tweet was followed a second message: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak".

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around", Kudlow said.

While the agreement of legislators who are normally opposed on most fronts was remarkable, the anger also spread to pundits, officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens as Canadians vowed consumer boycotts of American goods and brainstormed insults of Trump on social media.

Nevertheless, Trump appears determined to up-end the trade relationship, insisting that the USA is the loser, and has demanded that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) be renegotiated or abandoned.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterisations by the official of Trump's remarks. "This can not be our party".

"I've never seen language like this". "I thought that was inappropriate".

"There is a special place in heaven for @JustinTrudeau", tweeted Tusk, who's president of the European Council.

And Americans are practically apologizing on behalf of their president.

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Republican Senator Bob Corker said legislation would be introduced this week that would force Trump to obtain congressional approval before imposing tariffs on national security grounds.

McCain's best friend and colleague in the Senate, South Carolina Sen.

The current trade deficits, he said, are the fault of his predecessors. Trade. They fully understand where I am coming from.

On trade, she said multilateral action was the way forward, not unilateral action against one's partners.

MPs of all political stripes unanimously adopted a motion to that effect proposed by New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey even as Trump continued to rail against what he described as unfair trade policies of Canada and other traditional USA allies.

He continued: "So I'm not so sure a majority of Americans believe that globalization and free trade is in our interests". The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Bob Corker has introduced legislation that would roll back the President's power to impose tariffs like the ones he introduced earlier this month on steel and aluminum on USA allies, but Republican leaders don't appear eager to take it up even as an amendment to already-moving legislation.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been more outspoken.

She said United States concerns that some countries were "not playing by the rules" when it came to worldwide trade could not be ignored but they must be addressed multilaterally, for instance through reform of the World Trade Organisation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, accused Trump of executing Putin's diplomatic and national security strategy, not America's.

He tweeted a few hours ago about the G7 meeting.

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