Trump's Tweets Slam Canada and Trudeau Anew from Singapore
QUEBEC CITY (AP) â" President Donald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settled in for a summit with North Korea in Singapore, contending that âFair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.â
Trump roiled the Group of Seven meeting in Canada by first agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeauâs criticism of Trumpâs tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference. As he flew from Canada to Singapore Saturday night, Trump displayed his ire via Twitter, which he also employed to insult Trudeau as âdishonestâ and âweak.â
The attack on a longtime ally and its leader drew sharp criticism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Trump âs tweet disavowing the G-7 statement âsoberingâ and âa little depressing.â Merkel also said the European Union would âactâ against the U.S. trade measures.
Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore: âFair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!â
He added: âWhy should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay? Not fair to the PEOPLE of America! $800 Billion Trade Deficitâ¦And add to that the fact that the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (t hey pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!). The European Union had a $151 Billion Surplus-should pay much more for Military!â
And he brought in Merkelâs government: â¦.Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!â
Earlier, the White House escalated the initial tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trumpâs time.
âThereâs a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,â Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said in an interview nationally broadcast Sunday in the United States.
Canadaâs foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country âdoes not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks.â
The verbal volleys by Navarro and Trumpâs top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, picked up where Trump had left off Saturday evening. Kudlow suggested Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president wonât âlet a Canadian prime minister push him around. â¦ Kim must not see American weakness.â Kudlow was referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new U.S. tariffs, didnât respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders. Freeland later told reporters that âwe donât think thatâs a useful or productive way to do business.â
A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau âsaid nothing he hasnât said before â" both in public and in privat e conversationsâ with Trump.
And Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau, jabbed at Trump on Twitter: âBig tough guy once heâs back on his airplane. Canât do it in person. â¦ Heâs a pathetic little man-child.â
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.-Canada border. Trudeau told reporters that imposing retaliatory measures âis not something I relish doingâ but that he wouldnât hesitate to do so because âI will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.â
Navarro, the Trump trade adviser, said his harsh assessment of what âbad faithâ Trudeau did with âthat stunt press conferenceâ on Saturday âcomes right from Air Force One.â
He said Trump âdid the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit. He had other things, bigger things, on hi s plate in Singapore. â¦ He did him a favor 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? Trudeau stuck our president in the back. That will not stand.â
Kudlow, in a separate TV appearance, said Trudeau was âpolarizingâ and âreally kind of stabbed us in the back.â The Canadian leader pulled a âsophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption,â Kudlow said, that amounted to âa betrayal.â
âDonât blame Trump. It was Trudeau who started blasting Trump after he left, after the deals had been made.â Kudlow said Trump wonât let people âtake pot shots at himâ and that Trudeau âshouldâve known better.â
But the criticism left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped. âI donât understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada,â he said, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services i n the world. From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, âweâre on the same page. Weâre the closest partners in the world and you donât want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything.â
Trudeau had said Canadians âare polite, weâre reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around.â He described all seven leaders coming together to sign the joint declaration despite having âsome strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs.â
In the air by then, Trump tweeted: âBased on Justinâs false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!â
He followed up by tweeting: âPM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a ne ws conference after I left saying that, âUS Tariffs were kind of insultingâ and he âwill not be pushed around.â Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!â
Navarro appeared on âFox News Sunday,â and Kudlow was on CNNâs âState of the Unionâ and CBSâ âFace the Nationâ and Harper spoke on Foxâs âSunday Morning Futures.âSource: Google News Canada | Netizen 24 Canada