signaled Monday in his first tweets from exactly where his focus was heading into a nuclear summit with – and it wasn’t on the decades-old dispute with over its threatening behavior.
Trump instead took aim at Prime Minister , who he’s been sparring with from across the International Dateline over steel and aluminum tariffs the U.S.
imposed on its allies in the name of national security.
‘Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal,’ Trump on Monday morning harrumphed. ‘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!’
The European Union was next on Trump’s list, with the president complaining in follow-up tweets that the U.S.
foots the bill for the bulk of the West’s shared security through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization only to get ripped off by the very same countries in the trade arena.
Only after the rant did Trump mention the ‘excitement in the air’ in Singapore, the host nation to his Kim summit, saying it was ‘great’ to be in the high-class city that doubles as a nation.
Donald Trump signaled Monday in his first tweets from Singapore exactly where his focus was heading into a nuclear summit with Kim Jong-un – and it wasn’t on the decades-old dispute with North Korea over its threatening behavior
Trump instead took aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he’s been sparring with from across the International Dateline over steel and aluminum tariffs the U.S.
imposed on its allies in the name of national security
Trudeau was a target of the administration’s complaining on Sunday and into Monday, becoming the fall guy if Trump’s talks failed with North Korea this week
president arrived in on Sunday evening local time for talks could change the course of history and earn him the Nobel Peace Prize, if successful in convincing the world’s most isolated nation to end its pursuit of mankind’s most deadly weapons.
After a grueling 21 hours of travel that included a refueling stop on a Greek island, Trump touched down at Paya Labar Air Base in Singapore.
He told journalists nearby he was feeling ‘very good’ about his meeting on Tuesday morning local time with Kim Jong-un and then sped off in his motorcade to conclude his first evening in the country in privacy of his room at the Shangri-La, the luxury hotel housing the U.S.
This afternoon he meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, following in the footsteps of Kim, who sat down with the head of the summit’s host nation after his own arrival on Sunday afternoon via an Air China flight.
Kim is staying at the St.
Regis hotel, near Trump. The foreign leaders will hold their summit at a third location, the Capella Resort, ensconced on 30 acres of land south of the city on Sentosa Island.
White House guidance for Monday was vague about how Trump was spending his time in the lead-up to his meeting with Kim, aside from his meet-and-greet with Lee at the presidential palace, Kimsa88 which houses the prime minister’s office.
Trump will also be spending time with U.S.
embassy staff this afternoon behind closed doors, according his public schedule.
Tomorrow morning, he will finally sit down with Kim for the first face-to-face discussion between a U.S. president and North Korean autocrat since Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, assumed power in 1948.
President Trump has boldly predicted that the summit with Kim Jong-un will be a ‘great success’ and have a positive outcome not just for the two parties but for the world at large.
And if the summit doesn’t go as planned, the Trump administration said Sunday it would be Canada’s fault for trying to exploit its relationship with the U.S.
‘Sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore,’ Trump tweeted.
‘We must put the American worker first!’
president was all smiles as he met with Trudeau in Canada – that was before the foreign leader dissed him after he left Canada behind his back
After a grueling 21 hours of travel that included a refueling stop on a Greek island, Trump touched down at Paya Labar Air Base on Sunday evening for a Tuesday meeting with North Korea’s Kim
In this Sunday photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, waves as he leaves for Singapore, at Pyongyang international airport in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency
Trump advisers Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro claimed there was a ‘special place in hell’ for Trudeau on the United States’ top-watched Sunday news programs, claiming he ‘stabbed us in the back’ with the explicit intention of making look weak ahead of his meeting with Kim.
‘He really kind of stabbed us in the back.
He really, actually, you know: he did a great disservice to the whole G-7. He betrayed,’ Kudlow, the president’s chief economic adviser, told on ‘State of the Union.’
Kudlow trashed Trudeau in the interview for going ‘rogue’ on trade after the Trump agreed to sign a G7 communique.
The U.S. official said that Trudeau has acted ‘sophomoric’ and was performing a ‘political stunt.’
‘You just don’t behave that way. It’s a betrayal. Essentially double-crossing,’ Kudlow said in response to Trudeau’s needling on tariffs after Trump departed Charlevoix early in order to spend additional time in Singapore.
The top aide to Trump when it comes to the economy said the former businessman ‘is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around’ and is ‘not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea.’
‘He can’t put Trump in a position of being weak going into the North Korean talks.
He can’t do that. And by the way, President Trump is not weak,’ Kudlow argued. ‘Kim must not see American weakness. It’s that short.’
Attacking Trudeau on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation,’ Kudlow barked, ‘The president is going to negotiate with Kim of North Korea and Singapore.
It is a historic negotiation and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong. Number one he’s not going to allow the people to suddenly take pot shots at him. Hours before that summit and number two Trudeau should’ve known better.’
Director of the White House National Trade Council Peter Navarro charged on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that ‘there’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J.
Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.
Navarro said, ‘That’s what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.’
‘To my friends in Canada,’ he added, ‘that was one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history.’
After arriving in Singapore on Sunday, President Trump told journalists nearby he was feeling ‘very good’ about his meeting on Tuesday morning local time with Kim
Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (L) welcomes President Trump after Air Force One arrived at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore on Sunday evening
In this photo released by the Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore, Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr.
Vivian Balakrishnan greets Kim at the Changi International Airport on Sunday
Police officers patrol outside the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore ahead of the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump is staying in the Shangri-La for the duration of the summit
The broadsides at Trudeau were a 180 from Trump’s own remarks when he left Charlevoix on Saturday morning Eastern Daylight Time.
‘I will say, it was not contentious.
What was strong was the language that this cannot go on,’ he said of trade deficits with Canada and Europe in response to a question about his meetings with the heads of government of his host nation and France. ‘But the relationships are very good, whether it be President Macron or with Justin. We had — Justin did a really good job.
I think the relationships were outstanding.’
Trudeau said at a news conference of his own after Trump was in the air on his way to Singapore that Canada ‘particularly did not take lightly’ the U.S. claim that worldwide tariffs on aluminum and steel are ‘based on a national security reason.’
Trump has claimed unequivocally that they are also about creating what he sees as trade parity. Canada is enacting retaliatory tariffs in response.
‘I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do,’ Trudeau said at his news conference.
‘As Canadians, we are polite, we’re reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around.’
Trump blew up on Twitter, tweeting midway through his journey, ‘PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.”
‘Very dishonest & weak.
Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!’ the U.S. president said, affirming Trudeau’s point about the administration’s national security excuses.
Trump said that the ‘false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S.
farmers, workers and companies’ had led him to make an about-face on the joint communique.
‘I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique,’ he said, ‘as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!’
A vehicle believed to be carrying Kim Jong Un travels through Singapore on Sunday
Spectators gathered to watch the Air China flight carrying Kim land on Sunday afternoon local time in Singapore
A first-term president with no prior political experience who has a flare for the dramatics, Trump’s skeptics say this week’s summit with Kim will serve as little more than a misguided photo-op
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Sunday as Trudeau took on heavy artillery fire from the U.S.
that her country doesn’t find the attacks ‘appropriate or useful’ to trade negotiations and the countries’ security partnership.
She also said that Canada is ‘very measured’ in its actions and that Trudeau and other government officials ‘use fact-based arguments.’
Trump joined in on the Trudeau bashing on Monday morning from Singapore with a series of tweets that made clear that he sees no difference between the United States’ friends and enemies when it comes to the way he plans to pursue trade policy.
‘Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?
Not fair to the PEOPLE of America! $800 Billion Trade Deficit…,’ he said.
Minutes later he finished the thought, bringing up the Western security alliance that he believes the U.S. pays too much to maintain.
‘And add to that the fact that the U.S.
pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!),’ he said. ‘The European Union had a $151 Billion Surplus-should pay much more for Military!’
Trump left France’s Macron alone in the tweets, singling out Germany, whose leader, Angela Merkel, he did not meet with at the G7, as a major offender of the United States’ generosity.
‘Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP.
Does anybody believe that makes sense?’ he asked. ‘We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!’
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