Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Donald Trump exhausted of Theresa May's 'school mistress' tone

Donald Trump exhausted of Theresa May's 'school mistress' tone

President Donald Trump will head to La Charlevoix, Quebec, on Friday, for a two-day Group of Seven (G-7) summit meeting, as tensions between the administration and its key allies worsen.

But the G-7 Summit, which began in Quebec on Friday, might yield a surprise or two.

It's not clear what kind of trade deal or update to NAFTA Trump is seeking at the G7 Summit, especially since Mexican officials are not attending.

He is not expected to stay till the end of the summit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expects "difficult discussions" at the summit in Quebec.

Macron is scheduled to meet one-on-one with Trump during the G7, and the Twitter barbs could be a prelude for an awkward confrontation. Trump said at the White House just before departing. "It will start first of all to hurt US workers". The fact is that the US-Canada trade is nearly equal, and if you count both goods and services, it is the US that runs the surplus.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things.but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300 percent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!" They didn't tell you that, did they? "Not fair to our farmers!" he wrote.

He also sniped at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for "being so indignant" (after all, the president never exhibits indignation, righteous or otherwise) and again complained about America's trade deficit, which economists recognize to be an accounting fiction.

In today's postings, Trump says he is heading to Canada for G7 talks that will mostly centre on the longtime, unfair trade practices aimed at the United States. His suggestion to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a seat at the table comes as some European allies aren't even sure whether Trump is a good fit for the group.

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The tweets were in part a response to criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday who said the president's recent moves pulling the USA from the Iran nuclear deal and implementing new trade tariffs have isolated the us on the world stage.

Trump is said to bristle at the British Prime Minister's phone calls, as May launches into policy detail rather than broader conversation.

Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country's supply management system.

A Canadian government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss diplomatic relations, said there have always been one-on-one talks as part of the NAFTA negotiations but noted that the trade pact is a three-country agreement and that any resolution would require all three countries to sign on together.

Nor did it keep Trump from slapping stiff tariffs on imports on European steel and aluminum, a decision taken last week.

Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.

Throughout the escalation in rhetoric, Trudeau slammed Trump's tariffs in several media appearances, calling the decision "totally unacceptable" and "insulting".

Mr Trump also took to Twitter on Friday, responding to the Canadian and French leaders.

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