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

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs that the G7 had been

The European Council President responded by saying, "We will not stop trying to convince our American friends and President Trump that undermining makes no sense at all".

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday intensified the administration's feud with Justin Trudeau, calling the Canadian prime minister's criticisms of President Donald Trump's tariff proposals "a betrayal" that "really kind of stabbed us in the back". "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".

On 1 June, the United States imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

The EU has "a $151 billion surplus" which it should use to fund "military", said Trump Monday, referencing what Trump believes is the US' outsized financial contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new US tariffs, didn't respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders. But the diplomatic fireworks ended up even more spectacular than anticipated.

While Trump also presented the idea that the member countries should drop off tariffs and trade barriers, he also reportedly complained to the other leaders about their trade policies and said the U.S. would continue with tariffs absent concessions.

Trudeau promised to fight back by slapping his own tariffs on American goods.

Hayden said he reacted to the attacks with "a mixture of sadness and, frankly, anger because no country deserves to be treated that way".

Paul Frazer, a former Canadian diplomat who is now a Washington consultant, said Ottawa's measured response to the comments from what he called Trump's "henchmen" struck the necessary tone.

Earlier that day, Trump also tweeted: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed a joint communique.

"The president, coming late, stands before the cameras and says, "Why don't we add Russian Federation to the group".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking with Trump during the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on Saturday.

Outside the Trump-Trudeau dustup, other G7 leaders also expressed displeasure with Trump's hardline approach.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland hit back at Trump during a press conference on Sunday where she said that the president's attacks on Trudeau were not "appropriate or useful".

"International cooperation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites".

"Canada will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal and absolutely unjustified application of tariffs on steel and aluminum, not only coming from Canada, but on the steel and aluminum sold by all the G7 allies who are assembled here, to the United States", Freeland said in a news conference at the summit.

Updating the House of Commons on the G7 summit on her return from Canada, Mrs May said: "This was a hard summit with, at times, some very candid discussions".

Trudeau, on the June 3 episode of NBC's "Meet the Press", uses stronger words to characterize Trump's tariffs - "The idea that Canadian steel that's in military vehicles in the United States, that makes your fighter jets is somehow now a threat. the idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable".

One of the examples Ross pointed out in his piece, and one that Trump cites frequently, is a 10 percent tariff the European Union charges on imported American cars.



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