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Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump lashes out at USA allies in Twitter rant

Trump lashes out at USA allies in Twitter rant

US President Donald Trump attacked America's closest allies in a series of tweets after leaving the summit.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", he wrote in one tweet that then went on to accuse Canada of imposing unfair taxes on U.S. dairy products.

Minnesota trade experts say the Trump tariffs set a bad precedent.

The details of the conversation, which Axios previously reported, come amid fears of a looming trade war over the Trump administration's move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney predicts Donald Trump's unprecedented diatribe against Justin Trudeau is a passing storm.

"Average Americans weighed in as well on Twitter, using a "#ThanksCanada" hashtag to recount all the reasons they appreciate Canada.

"I think that [Navarro] used language that you wouldn't use with your best friend in a bar". The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.

He said he felt deceived by Trudeau's referring to USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum as "insulting" and threatening to impose retaliatory penalties of his own. They accused Trudeau of betraying Trump and stabbing him in the back. These are the kinds of things that are common challenges across our countries and around the world where anxiety about economic prospects of individuals and particularly of their kids leads to unpredictability and sometimes political uncertainty. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said on CBS' "Face The Nation" that "right now, the President is actually driving our allies away from us as we need them even more, while welcoming in the Russians". "The Bernie Sanders element of the Democratic Party doesn't stand for free trade". Meanwhile, President Trump told reporters Saturday he would know "within the first minute" of their meeting whether Kim is serious about making peace.

Ottawa has promised to retaliate against Washington's imposition of tariffs on metals imports from Canada, the largest supplier of steel to the United States.

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".

President Donald Trump's fight with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not only threatens to unravel the US's relationship with one of its oldest global partners - it could also significantly damage the U.S. economy. He complained he was blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats during the premier's summit-ending news conference. "You don't walk away and start firing bullets". "We are not - we, Canada, are not going to be pushed around".

"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 tweeted. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7", Kudlow said. Well, and in general, okay, it was an attack on the president.

"The loss of trade through tariffs undermines competition, reduces productivity, removes the incentive to innovate - and ultimately makes everyone poorer".

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