Published On: Mon, Jun 11th, 2018

G7 Summit: Donald Trump Lashes Out At America’s Key Allies

US President Donald Trump has fired off a string of angry tweets criticising America’s closest allies hours after leaving a divisive G7 summit in Canada.

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Mr Trump said the US paid “close to the entire cost of Nato” to help protect countries that “rip us off on trade”.

“Fair trade is now to be called fool trade,” he added in response to the threat of new tariffs against the US.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed retaliatory action next month over US tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Mr Trump has also attacked Mr Trudeau personally, suggesting the Canadian prime minister is “very dishonest and weak” and “acts hurt when called out”.

Unbelievable

In Quebec at the G7 the sherpas, political advisers and draftsmen toiled through two nights to find a form of words that all sides could sign up to.

I left before the end of the summit to embark on a marathon journey from Canada to Singapore.

When I left Quebec all the talk was there would be no agreement. But lo, by the time I landed in Hong Kong to change flights I read that there was a joint communique. Success. Only to see a tweet from Donald Trump a little later rescinding his signature over something Justin Trudeau had said at his news conference. Unbelievable.

How did the spat unfold?

The president’s latest tirade comes after a war of words erupted between the US 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.

Mr Trump said the move was based on Mr Trudeau’s “false statements… and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies”.

What are the tariffs?

On 1 June, the US imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to US security.

The EU then announced retaliatory tariffs on US goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon. Canada and Mexico are also taking action.