Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Trump and Kim Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Historic Summit

Trump and Kim Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Historic Summit

Top White House officials ratcheted up their attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sunday, accusing him of a "betrayal" and saying there was a "special place in hell" for leaders who cross President Donald Trump, a day after Trudeau's remarks at a news conference led Trump to withdraw support of a Group of 7 agreement with allies.

"He's happy", said Trump, to laughter.

"Look, as a guy that believes in heaven and hell, I would never use those terms ever", he told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour" on Monday.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said Sunday that the rift between G7 members at the summit reflects the unpredictability in global political arena, and he hoped the aftermath of the summit would be cleared up quickly.

I guess he also did us a favour by imposing steel and aluminum tariffs. "Nor has anybody else".

His unexpected and extraordinary attack flummoxed Canadian officials, who have waged an 18-month campaign created to cultivate allies among US policymakers and business leaders in defense of Canada's interests.

At his closing G7 news conference, Trudeau once again refers to the national-security premise behind the tariffs as "kind of insulting" and then explains Canada's retaliation - "I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to U.S. tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

Confidence between President Trump and his allies appears to have fallen to an all-time low.

Navarro added that Trudeau's move was "one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history".

US President Donald Trump made headlines globally after his first Canadian visit during the G7 Summit. Trudeau responds with a laugh: "So I'd say NAFTA is in good shape".

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City. In fact, Kudlow suggested in his appearance on CNN that Trump's anger at Trudeau is an act for an audience of one: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We can have disagreements but we don't have to be disagreeable", Heyman said.

Kudlow said Kim must not see "American weakness" on the eve of the Tuesday summit.

Just as the Trudeau-hosted G7 meeting of the world's leading industrialized nations had seemed to weather Mr. Trump's threats of a trade war, the president backed out of the group's joint statement that Trudeau said all the leaders had come together to sign.

Trump's post G7 tweets also revisited an old bugbear - the funding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

Trump and Trudeau have been ramping up insults ― with Trump characteristically going further than Trudeau ― as the two countries bicker over tariffs. "On the contrary, as part of the USA law, we are part of the national defense base of the United States".

He explicitly linked American military spending to the European Union's trade surplus with the United States, with Germany his main target.

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