America First, as an ethos, seems to definitely be working for President Trump here at home, but the rest of the world is growing concerned that the U.S. really will stop being the overly charitable and possibly gullible nation that it was under Barack Obama.
The Iran Nuclear Deal was really just the tip of the iceberg when it came to Obama handing the keys over to the global community. Donald Trump’s election was largely influenced by this as well, with fiscal conservatives flocking to the populist candidate based on his promises to renegotiate a number of lopsided trade deals back into America’s favor.
During the G-7 summit in Quebec this week, however, Trump’s feelings regarding the intentional group’s turned sour quickly, spurring a harsh rebuke from the normally polite Canadian people.
Trump roiled the Group of Seven meeting in Canada by first agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s criticism of Trump’s tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference. As he flew from Canada to Singapore Saturday night, Trump displayed his ire via Twitter, which he also employed to insult Trudeau as “dishonest” and “weak.”
The attack on a longtime ally and its leader drew sharp criticism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Trump’s tweet disavowing the G-7 statement “sobering” and “a little depressing.” Merkel also said the European Union would “act” against the U.S. trade measures.
Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore: “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 U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!”
President Trump has not yet shown any signs of concern over outing those who wish to profit off of the hard work of our fellow Americans, and Trudeau’s tactics certainly fall into that particular category.
The Canadian press has responded as well, with a number of scathing attacks against President Trump. Trudeau, for what it’s worth, did appear to make a thinly veiled threat in the direction of the United States.
Trudeau had said Canadians “are polite, we’re reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around.” He described all seven leaders coming together to sign the joint declaration despite having “some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs.”
Let’s see just how that goes for the Canucks, shall we?