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Op-Ed: Trump brings his 'broken record' rants against G7 to Canada

Posted Jun 8, 2018 by Karen Graham
U..S. President Donald Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum against some of his country's closest allies have set the stage for a potentially combative G7 leaders summit this weekend.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) arrive for their...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) arrive for their joint press conference in Ottawa
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President Donald Trump has continued to provoke criticism and anger over the tariffs he has imposed on steel and aluminum, taking to Twitter early Friday morning to tweet, "Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn't happen, we come out even better."
But the president didn't stop there. He singled out the country hosting the summit with another tweet: "Canada charges the U.S. a 270% tariff on Dairy Products! They didn't tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!"
It is clear the president is lashing out — sending verbal shots in a number of directions — with his very latest comments addressing Russia's absence from the G7 meeting this weekend in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. “They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”
The president obviously hasn't the slightest idea why Russia was kicked out of the G8 leaders meeting after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections.
Reuters is reporting White House aides say that Trump has little interest in multilateralism, and that is obvious in his constant tweets against the country's allies leading up to the meeting.
His comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement — they will all make the coming meeting very contentious for everyone.
US President Donald Trump can expect a chilly reception when he hops across the border to Canada for...
US President Donald Trump can expect a chilly reception when he hops across the border to Canada for a meeting of the world's richest industrialized nations
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Trump plans on leaving the meeting four hours early on Saturday, missing out on a final session on climate change, which he probably had no desire to attend anyway. But his excuse is valid. He will be flying directly to Singapore for his highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
CBS News is reporting the change in plans was announced by the White House after Macron and Trudeau signaled they would use the summit to take a stance against the new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
The big question on everyone's mind is this: who will be brave enough to go first in confronting Trump over the tariffs? CBC News suggests this will be difficult, even though Trump loves being the center of attention. And there is no question that his "difficult personality" will cause some problems.
So, which G7 leader will take the lead in confronting him? We can't expect Italy's pro-Russia Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to take the lead. After all, he has only been in office one week.
Trudeau could be the one to speak out against the tariffs. However, Canada also has the most to lose. "Trump Whisperer," Macron of France won't get very far with the U.S. president, even after using flattery to woo Trump with a Bastille Day parade. And we can forget about Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel — Trump doesn't even like her.
Prime Minister Theresa May of the U.K. likes to walk softly on her tippy-toes around Trump, just so she doesn't make any moves that could destroy the "special" relationship the U.K. has with America. And forget about Prime Minister Abe of Japan. He favours right-leaning policies and has worked hard to find a favored position with Trump.