U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House in Washington, U.S., on his way to the G7 Summit in Canada, June 8, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS)

Trump blasts Canada, calls for Russia to be returned to G8

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Hours before he boarded Air Force One to fly to Quebec for the G7 meeting, U.S. President Donald Trump launched a series of fresh salvos at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and called on Russia to be readmitted to the exclusive club of leading industrial nations.

“Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!” Trump tweeted Friday. “Canada charges the U.S. a 270% tariff on Dairy Products! They didn’t tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!”

Trump’s protectionist policies that have imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union are likely to become a flashpoint during the meeting with the leaders of Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and the U.S. in La Malbaie, Quebec, Friday and Saturday.

‘We’ll all be in love again’

President Donald Trump arrives for the G7 Summit, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Canada. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

Trump added more fuel to the fire just minutes before boarding Air Force One with another shot at his closest allies and trading partners.

“We have massive trade deficits with almost every country, we will straighten that out,” Trump said. “They understand. They’re trying to act like, ‘Well, we fought with you in the wars’ but they don’t mention the fact that they have trade barriers against our farmers, they don’t mention the fact that they’re charging almost 300-per-cent tariffs.

“When it all strengthens out we’ll all be in love again.”

Welcome President Putin?

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference following a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia June 7, 2018. (Sergei Karpukhin/REUTERS)

Trump’s rejection of the global climate accord and Iran nuclear deal, supported by the EU and Canada is going to be another flashpoint in the increasingly acrimonious relationship between Washington and its Western allies.

And as if to add another irritant, Trump called for Russia to be brought back into G7 and resurrect the G8 format, from which the Kremlin was expelled following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its meddling in eastern Ukraine.

“Russia should be in this meeting. Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting?” Trump said in Washington as he was departing for the summit in Canada.

“Whether you like it or not – and it may not me politically correct – but we have a world to run… They should let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”

Speaking on background, Canadian officials said Ottawa’s position hasn’t changed and they believe that Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea disqualifies Moscow from participation.

However, Trump wasn’t the only one calling for Russia’s return.

Newly sworn Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he supports Trump’s proposal.

“Russia should return to the G8. This is in the interest of all,” tweeted Conte who was sworn into office last week as the head of a populist coalition that has called for the EU to forge closer ties with Moscow and for sanctions to be lifted.

Trump will skip part of the summit on Saturday as he travels to Singapore to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in hopes of resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.

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2 comments on “Trump blasts Canada, calls for Russia to be returned to G8
  1. Fabio Tagetti says:

    A massive trade deficit, says Trump ? That’s their own business, if the Us reduced their military expenses and act more properly towards allies in Europe and the world instead of playing the soldier towards world villains…. he signed Bdollars deals with Saudi Arabia which will fuel more wars, he’s hurrying to an alliance with Russia, not a decent fellow I understand (see the Arctic files).

    I hope for an impeachment sooner or later.
    Fabio Tagetti

  2. JohnB says:

    I can say that Trump does not know what he is messing with. Russia is not going to be subservient to him and if he thinks the US is going to run this, he cannot expect co-operation from them at all. He is doing this because he feels that he has an Eastern European wife yet he fails to see that she was from a country that slipped out of Russia so that she can live in the United States and he wants to rejoin that. Not good thinking on his behalf. Also Russia is a strong willed country that will not play fair with other countries. I am not saying America does anyway and it often does not although two dominants here will likely not reach conclusions. Russia is a MOB and mafia governed country, and we questionably want to invite that in. If he thinks he can negotiate with that he may be in for a big surprise. I am not saying make it an enemy again if nothing is going on although it is a country with another culture, and us and them after a while will likely not get along. I am just citing truisms here thats all