Overcome threatens to escalate company war on eve of a G7 summit

Overcome threatens to escalate company war on eve of a G7 summit
President Donald Trump answers questions as he leaves the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2018, after speaking about the $1.3 trillion spending bill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Overcome threatened to escalate a trade war with the EU and Canada the night before he complies with their leaders at the G7 summit.
Trump threatened to impose even more tariffs against those countries if they did not take down their barriers to US trade.
EU and Canadian leaders also appeared ready to unite against Trump at the upcoming G7 summit.
Trump reportedly didn’t even want to go to the meeting in the first place.

Donald Trump has threatened to escalate a global trade war on the EU and Canada, hours before he meets their leaders at the G7 summit in Quebec.

According to reports, Trump is reluctant to attend the meeting at all because of the frosty reception he will get, and would sooner focus on his upcoming summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

The president tweeted on Thursday night:

“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!”

Hours earlier, he criticised the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for “being so indignant” at the imposition of US tariffs, and railed against French President Emmanuel Macron for his alliance with Trudeau.

In a follow-up message he highlighted a Canadian 270% tariff on US dairy as an “not fair to our farmers”

He added that he would use the meeting as an opportunity to start “straightening out unfair trade deals.”

The tweets came as the EU and Canada announced retaliatory tariffs to match the levies on steel and aluminum which were imposed by the US last week.

Europe and Canada now appear ready to unite against Trump at the summit.

Trump heading to Quebec for the meeting with the leaders of the other so-called G7: Canada France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and Japan. The EU also attends as its own entity.

According to The Washington Post, Trump complained about having to go to the summit as he considered it an unwanted distraction from his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore and didn’t want to be confronted by other G7 leaders on trade.

Unnamed advisers told the paper Trump also complained about his awkward relationships with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump is now cutting his trip to Quebec short to go to Singapore for his meeting with Kim.

 

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