Trump Invitation to Russia Deepens Rift With America’s Allies

Saul Bowman
June 10, 2018

President Donald Trump arrived late for a gender equality meeting at an worldwide summit, prompting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to kick it off without waiting for "stragglers" to arrive.

Mr Trump is expected to leave the summit early and travel to Singapore ahead of a meeting there with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday.

Tweeted Trump in a series of tweets starting last night: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. And we charge nothing", Trump said.

Trump's comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks. "We can't lose it", he said.

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump said Thursday on Twitter.

Trump's characterization of the United States' relationships with allies as "a 10" when asked at the news conference about any tensions between his administration and other G7 nations also drew criticism from a senior European diplomat.

Trump says he spoke with world leaders about his trade policies and called for the elimination of tariffs, trade barriers or subsidies.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries". Mr. Trump declared tariffs were the most important topic at the G7 summit, blasting ally nations for what he sees as them taking advantage of the U.S. He said other nations have been treating the U.S. like the "piggy back that everybody's robbing".

G8 became G7 in 2014 when Russian Federation was excluded over the unlawful annexation of Crimea.


"Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico", Trump said Saturday.

President Trump's public comments Saturday morning reflected his aggressive approach with world leaders Friday night. "I may have had a much different attitude", Trump said.

The president has been a disruptive force for the global trading order, insisting other countries move to reduce barriers he said have left the USA with a trade deficit of more than $800 billion.

It was a "a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly", said the French official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump said they are based on legitimate national security concerns, and he said he stood firm against the concerns of his fellow G7 leaders during their talks.

Trudeau on Saturday said the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan figured out "consensus language" they could all agree to.

The summit comes amid a fractured moment for USA alliances after the tariffs the US imposed last week on Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

"Trump came late, he's leaving early and he gave no ground whatsoever", Al Jazeera's John Hendren, reporting from Quebec, said.

On Wednesday, the European Union announced $3 billion worth of tariffs on US products in retaliation would go into effect next month.

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