Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada

Daniel Fowler
June 11, 2018

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

After departing from the Quebec summit for Singapore, Trump tweeted that Trudeau's remarks at a news conference, where he said Canada would not be pushed around, "were very dishonest and weak".

Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer in his home state of Arizona, called out the President in a tweet Saturday for not siding with U.S. allies at the summit. "I blame our past leaders for allowing this to happen", Trump said, even pronouncing the German chancellor's name correctly. Merkel also said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures.

It all started with him lamenting about how Trudeau was acting hurt and insisting, "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not reciprocal".

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with United States (guess they were bragging and got caught!)". "In order to ensure that everyone pays their fair share, we will exchange approaches and support worldwide efforts to deliver fair, progressive, effective and efficient tax systems". "Instead, we act then too".

"Here's the thing", Kudlow said, "he really kind of stabbed us in the back". Can't do it in person. Taking to Twitter, he said that there is a "special place in heaven" for Trudeau.

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

According to the United States trade representative, however, there was an $8.4 billion USA trade surplus with Canada on goods and services in 2017.

Peter Navarro watches as President Donald Trump speaks before signing Section 232 proclamations on steel and aluminum imports in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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Trump made the comments in tweets from Air Force One as he headed to Singapore for his summit with Kim, stepping back from the generally positive tone that had ended the two-day meeting in Quebec.

The president's team asserted that Trump and his team had agreed to the Communique in good faith, but now it is unclear what trade agreement will be reached amongst the coalition.

European carmakers argue that they employ tens of thousands of American workers across the United States and that any tariffs would result in USA layoffs.

Before leaving Washington for Quebec, Trump abruptly recommended that Russian Federation be brought back into the G7 in a move that further fueled disharmony among members. He made first-name references to "Angela" and "Justin, ' and he repeatedly insisted he blamed previous US leaders, not foreign ones, for what he sees as the global trade imbalance".

Trump is seeking additional tariffs of as much as 25 percent on automobile imports, up from 2.5 percent, in a move that, if realized, could deal a huge blow to major vehicle exporters Japan and Germany.

The president's latest tirade comes after a war of words erupted between the United States and its G7 allies following Mr Trump's decision to reject a joint communique at the end of a tense summit in Quebec on Saturday.

Expressing a commitment to modernize the World Trade Organization "to make it more fair as soon as possible", the communique said, "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies". It also maintained the phrase "to fight protectionism", which was also used a year ago.

Some say this is all about Trump looking tough for his Korean summit with Kim Jong Un, although I'm not sure roughing up your allies builds trust with your enemies. "Donald will face one of the most important meetings in the century in four days".

In his tweets following the G-7 summit, Trump also indicated that he may soon target foreign cars produced for the USA market. Trump said in a second tweet.

Indeed, 90 percent of primary aluminum that USA companies rely on to make products, including fighter jets, is imported from overseas, which has served as an argument to those keen to defend Trump's desire to revive the American aluminium industry.

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