Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

"Fair trade, fool trade", Trump still venting


White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday" there is a "special place in hell" for any leader who engages in "bad faith diplomacy" with President Donald Trump.

Photographers captured images of the tension between Trump and other world leaders, including one in which French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron gripped Trump's hand so tightly that he left an imprint.

And no wonder, as it appeared to depict the defining confrontation of the weekend's Group of Seven summit, the divide between U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the G7 leaders over Mr. Trump's unilateral tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

The president also tweeted from aboard Air Force One that due to "Justin's false statements" the us would not sign on with the other six members of the G-7 to a joint communique that was to follow the meeting.

Trump also renewed attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had hosted the G7 meeting in Quebec.

President Trump started his day in Singapore on Monday where he blasted the Canadian Prime Minister and slammed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation just after meeting with the United States allies at the G7 in Quebec. On Saturday, he called te Canadian prime minister "very dishonest and weak".

Other members of the Group of 7 stood with Canada against Trump.

The majority of Canadian exports go to the United States, making Canada uniquely vulnerable to a USA trade war.

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".

Looking ahead to the next major diplomatic encounter with Trump - a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance leaders in July - "it won't be easy", Merkel said.

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Media captionWho left their mark on President Trump at the G7 summit? "$800 billion trade deficit", he said.

The senator said that "border communities" like those in ME and Canada are "truly intertwined", adding that the U.S.

French President Emmanuel Macron said "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

The response "suggests an end to what observers had noted was a budding "bromance" between the French president and Mr Trump" says Sky News.

In view of threatened USA tariffs on vehicle imports, which would particularly affect Germany, Grenell said that he was a "big auto fan" and knew how important the industry was.

Canadian officials, including Trudeau, have fanned out across the United States as part of a months-long charm offensive to appeal to pro-trade Republicans at every level.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: "In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters".

"Canada has already raised cases at the WTO and at NAFTA, and we will retaliate", she said.

The EU then announced retaliatory tariffs on United States goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon. I think it would be good for the world.

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