US President Donald Trump lashes out at key US allies

Jun 12, 2018, 07:40 IST | Agencies

Donald Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the G7 meet finished on Saturday with the US president accusing Justin Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty

US President Donald Trump lashes out at key US allies
Donald Trump (right) and Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore, ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Pic/AP

President Donald Trump lashed out at US allies on Monday in a Twitter rant focusing on trade following a contentious G7 summit of economic powers in Canada at the weekend.

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal," Trump tweeted, as he criticised Canadian tariffs on imports of US milk. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then "acts hurt when called out!" Trump wrote. Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the G7 meet finished on Saturday with the US president accusing Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty.

His Twitter rant continued: "Why 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!" Adding to the US trade deficit is "the fact that the US pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!)." He said the European Union "should pay much more for Military!"

According to Trump, 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!" Figures that Trump cites in his tweets have often been found to be incorrect or misleading.

He concluded: "Sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore. We must put the American worker first!" Almost as an afterthought, Trump - currently in Singapore for a summit with North Korean leader Kum Jong Un - tweeted: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

'Sobering and depressing'
Donald Trump's revocation of support for a joint communique with other leaders at the G7 summit was "sobering and a little depressing," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. "It's hard, it's depressing this time, but that's not the end" of the Group of Seven, she said.

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