Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

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


Trump administration officials on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing President Trump in the back, blaming him for the president's refusal to endorse a joint statement with other world leaders.

Trudeau said he had reiterated to Trump, who left the G-7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the US leader look weak ahead of the historic summit with Kim.

The US blamed Canada on Sunday for the disastrous ending to the G7 summit, saying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "stabbed us in the back", while American allies held Washington responsible. Tell us in the comment section below.

When Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Merkel to push back against the U.S. president's protectionist policies.

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The communique addresses trade, economic growth, national security and sustainability, and acknowledges that "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

Trump, who is pushing his "America First" policy, said his ultimate goal was the elimination of all trade duties.

She said that the European countries will not be "taken advantage of" in terms of trade and that they would "act" against the US trade measures, which are considered as going against the World Trade Organization's rules.

But "at the same time we need to avoid tit-for-tat escalation" and maintain a constructive dialogue, she said.

"There are still good reasons to fight for the trans-Atlantic partnership", Merkel said Sunday, hedging that the European Union shouldn't "imprudently" follow the United States.

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Following the G7 summit, Trump set off for Singapore to meet with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

In response, Trump tweeted on his way to Singapore that he instructed USA representatives not to endorse the communique.

Paris also delivered a withering response to the United States president's tweeted instruction for American officials to withhold their endorsement. At a press conference following the summit, Trudeau repeated his earlier description of U.S. trade tariffs as "insulting" and vowed retaliatory measures would come in July.

The US President addressed the subject of worldwide trade during an impromptu news conference at the summit Saturday, saying that he did not want to see other countries take advantage of the US over trade. A senior United States administration official said that Trump had been angered by Trudeau's comments.

Navarro said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

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Closer home, Indian Twitter users spotted an opportunity to make the photo more relatable by editing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Trump's place, asking when they would receive the Rs 15 lakhs Bharatiya Janata Party leaders promised each Indian would receive if they were voted into power in 2014.

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