Published: Mon, June 11, 2018

Trump lashes out at Canada and European Union in Twitter rant

Trump lashes out at Canada and European Union in Twitter rant

Soon, morphed versions of the photo started doing the rounds, majority infantilising Trump.

The European Union on Monday backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after U.S. President Donald Trump branded him "dishonest" and "weak" following a Group of Seven summit of leaders.

Mr Trump had already threatened to divide the G7, made up of the US, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, when he suggested Russian Federation should be allowed to rejoin the group.

President Trump tweeted Sunday night from Singapore attacking USA allies over the trade deficit.

His advisors hit the talk show circuit on Sunday in an attempt to convince viewers that Trump needed to show his strength ahead of his North Korea summit with Kim Jong Un.

Mr Trump, who left the summit in La Malbaie early to head for his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, told reporters the United States needed protectionist tariffs because "we are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing". "He really kinda stabbed us in the back", top USA economic advisor Larry Kudlow said of Trudeau on CNN.

"The whole tone of the bilateral rhetoric between Canada and the USA seems to have deteriorated quite significantly", he said.

"It is a historic negotiation and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong", Kudkow said on CBS' Face the Nation.

In a pointed criticism of Trump's policy, May said that the most effective way of reaping the benefits of globalisation was through multilateral action, adding: "It can not be done by taking unilateral action against your partners". "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".

Kudlow, the conservative economist who directs the National Economic Council, was upset with Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the contentious Group of 7 summit in Quebec.

"I have made it clear to [President Trump] that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said. "That will not stand", he noted.

Earlier, the White House escalated the initial tirade and levelled more withering and unprecedented criticism against Mr Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Mr Trump's time.

"An extraordinary amount of trust can be destroyed very quickly with just a tweet", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted on Sunday. "We have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal".

The G7 summit is coming down to the wire.

"Justin acts hurt when called out!" the USA president said in his latest Tweet. "But we say that with great sadness".

The summit took place after the Trump administration said it would impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Canada and the European Union after previously providing allies with brief exemptions.

James Brander, an worldwide trade expert at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said Freeland's comments were meaningful.

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