The supposed feud between the United States, France, and Canada reached a boiling point on Thursday. As French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formed a tag team in order to attack President Donald Trump. At a press conference yesterday both of them decided to take several shots at President Trump because he’s imposing tariffs on our allies.
“We can show the U.S. president that his unacceptable actions are hurting his own citizens. American jobs are on the line because of his actions,” Macron threatened. “Sometimes I’ve been criticized for being too friendly with President Trump. There is a friendship between our two peoples, and we have to maintain these ties. Secondly, I have repeatedly tried to convince President Trump on the climate side, on Iran, on trade. I am not President Trump, so I can’t make decisions for him. Can I be criticized for the decisions of another leader? No! They could have criticized me for not standing up to him, for not trying to convince him. I think we’ve done everything we can, and put everything on the line,” he said.
“This is ridiculous to think they could be a threat to national security,” Trudeau said. “In fact, we are the closest friends the United States has had in quite some time.” On the coming G7 summit, he said, “We know that President Trump likes to be unpredictable, but everything suggests he will be at the summit.”
Along this obvious display of disrespect by these two leaders of two insignificant nations Trudeau was also unhappy that President Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear deal. He even went as far as to say that Trump pulled out because of his predecessor, Barack Obama was the one who installed the agreement. While Macron accused the United States of trying to become more isolationist.
And so began the twitter battle:
The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be. Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 7, 2018
To which President Trump replied:
Why isn’t the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S. Totally unfair to our farmers, workers & companies. Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018
Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018
Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. 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% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, k*****g our Agriculture!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018
USA Today added:
WASHINGTON — The White House said President Donald Trump will cut short his visit with the Group of Seven economic powers in Canada this weekend, announcing that he would to leave the summit early after sparring with other world leaders on the issue of trade.
By leaving after a session on women’s empowerment on Saturday morning, Trump will skip meetings on climate change, energy policy and oceans. Instead, he’ll leave early for Singapore, where he’s scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week.
In a series of tweets Thursday evening, Trump fired back at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron — both of whom have criticized tariffs Trump has placed on exports from those countries.
Leaders of the world’s seven largest industrialized economies — including Trump, Trudeau and Macron — are set to meet Friday for the two-day G-7 summit. The Twitter exchanges ahead of that meeting have underscored the tension expected to play out between allies over shifting trade negotiations.
“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things,” Trump posted. “But he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, k*****g our Agriculture!”
The message was in response to mounting pressure from allies about the 25% tariff on steel and a 10% duty on aluminum Trump imposed in late May. Macron suggested earlier Thursday that the U.S. could be excluded from the group’s agreements.
“The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be,” Macron posted on Twitter. “Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force.”
The back-and-forth on Twitter came as talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico have largely stalled. Some have viewed Trump’s tariffs as an effort to prod those discussions along, or to broker separate deals with each country.
But Canada and European Union leaders questioned the approach, particularly in light of the Trump administration’s willingness to offer a major concession to China on Thursday. The Commerce Department announced Thursday it would end a crippling seven-year ban on Chinese telecom ZTE doing business with the U.S. that was imposed after the company was caught violating sanctions on Iran.”
This is where Trump chimed in about American jobs being on the line, something that a lot of hard working people might want to pay attention to.
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