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'Fair trade, fool trade', Trump's tweets spew ire on NATO allies, Trudeau

'Fair trade, fool trade', Trump's tweets spew ire on NATO allies, Trudeau

Just minutes after a joint G7 communique was published Saturday in summit host city Quebec, President Donald Trump launched a Twitter broadside, taking exception to comments made by Trudeau at a news conference and saying he had instructed United States representatives not to endorse the joint communique.

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.

At the summit, of which the build-up to had been dominated by Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, the world leaders had agreed a statement that read: "We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation". But Trudeau had simply reiterated points he'd made before: that Canada planned dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs in response to Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

And in an intervention that will fuel fears the USA plans to undermine this year's crucial United Nations climate summit in Poland with the launch of a new pro-coal global alliance, the text stresses the Trump administration is keen to work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels, as well as renewables.

Trump asked his economic advisor Larry Kudlow to comment on the discussions, who confirmed that the group of leaders had lenghty discussions about the proposal.

President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron that the European Union is worse than China on trade during a conversation that portended the tense end to this year's G7 summit.

During a rare solo news conference earlier Saturday, Trump said he pressed for the G7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices.

"Kim must not see American weakness", Kudlow said.

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He said USA representatives will examine the tariffs on automobiles coming into the country and bemoaned the Canadian tariffs that affect American companies and farmers.

"In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries". He also expressed the US' continued commitment to engage the region and his support for Singapore's chairmanship of ASEAN, MFA said. She also doubted if the United States leader still has what she called "the spirit of G7".

Saying Trudeau is "dishonest & weak", he also threatened "tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

In a Facebook post on Monday evening, Mr Lee said that Mr Trump hosted him at the White House last October, and that he was "glad to reciprocate his hospitality".

Navarro said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

"The European Union will continue to stand up for an worldwide, rules-based, multilateral system", Schinas said.

He said USA farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms: "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them".

He will not be attending the second day, as he is all set to leave for Singapore where is scheduled to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un on June 12.