Trump lashes out at United States allies in Twitter rant

The View From Canada: G7 Summit, Tariffs And Trade

In a matter of hours and series of texts, the USA has rushed into a diplomatic crisis with its closest allies, adding anxiety to an already tense global economy.

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

Mulroney, who has a personal relationship with Trump and has been quietly advising the prime minister on how to deal with the mercurial US president, likened Trump's weekend tirade to "serious summer squalls". At one point he wrote, "Justin acts hurt when called out!"

Yet his top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, downplayed the severity of the rift.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever summit between a US and North Korean leader.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada; he learned", Trump said wagging his finger.

In the end, Trump never visited the sessions on climate or the ocean, but held its own news conference, where he slammed "unfair trade" and promised to cut ties with countries that didn't adhere to a "zero tariffs", policy, then leaving for a summit in Singapore.

The US President gave a press conference at the seat of the summit in the Canadian town of La Malbaie shortly before he left the meeting to head for Singapore, where on June 12 he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Efe reported. "And he was even willing to sign that socialist communique, and what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?"

Despite the tension between Trump, Europe and Canada, the president has emphasized what he has described as strong relations. "That will not stand".

Bashing the leader of one of America's venerable allies, the White House escalated its trade tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism Sunday against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Trump's time.

With U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the centre of the dispute, the back and forth has intensified since just before the start of the month - when the Americans imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada.

"We were very close to making a deal with Canada on NAFTA ... then we leave and he pulls this sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption", Kudlow said of Trudeau.

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered some support for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the fallout from the Group of Seven leaders meeting in Quebec, but she stopped short of condemning critical comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade adviser. "We don't think that that is a useful or productive way to do business", she said. "Least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally", he said.

Trump took to Twitter late on Thursday as well to respond to the leaders of Canada and France. Can't do it in person.

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