After G7, Trump Slams Allies With Tweets
US President Donald Trump has fired off a string of angry tweets criticizing America's closest allies hours after leaving a divisive G7 summit in Canada.
Less than 24 hours before his meeting with Kim in Singapore, Trump found time to lambast what he sees as unfair trade practices among the other six industrialized democracies at the summit, according to CNN and the BBC.
"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270 percent," he wrote in the first of five tweets relating to the weekend's summit.
"Then (Canadian Prime Minister) Justin (Trudeau) acts hurt when called out!"
He followed up by asking why the US should "allow countries to continue to make "massive trade surpluses," asserting that it is "not fair to the people of America" and that the US is suffering under a "$800 billion trade deficit."
Trump said the US paid "close to the entire cost of Nato" to help protect countries that "rip us off on trade."
The US actually contributes about a fifth of Nato's direct funding under a formula based on national income.
But, say analysts, Trump's argument is that the primary US contribution is as a military superpower, whose own defence spending exceeds that of several allies put together.
Trump's tirade came after G7 allies criticized his decision to reject a joint communique.
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