Trump ramps up feud with Canada, France ahead of G-7 summit

Trump ramps up feud with Canada, France ahead of G-7 summit
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President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE ramped up a burgeoning feud with two of the United States's closest allies, Canada and France, on Thursday as he prepared to head to the Canadian province of Quebec for what is expected to be a tense summit this week.

In a tweet on Thursday night, Trump accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being "indignant" in his protests against steep U.S. tariffs imposed last week on steel and aluminum imports.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things...but he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!" Trump tweeted. 

The tweet followed shortly after he called out both Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over what he suggested were Canada's and Europe's one-sided trade arrangements with the U.S. 

The president went on to slam the European Union and Canada in a subsequent tweet, urging them to take down their trade barriers. 

"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!" Trump wrote.  


Trump's comments were his latest attacking key U.S. allies ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, which is set to begin on Friday. 

The anger and frustration with the Trump administration from key U.S. allies was abundant on Thursday, with Macron suggesting that the G-7's six other members would forge a path ahead at the summit without the U.S.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be," Macron said in a tweet. "Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force."

Trudeau and Macron met in Ottawa this week ahead of the summit, where they joined together in a united front against Trump's tightening trade measures. 

Frustration with the U.S. among some of Washington's oldest allies has grown in recent months over Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Global leaders have also been flummoxed by Trump's move to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal, while repeatedly threatening to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Frustrations from U.S. allies over the latest metal tariffs are almost certain to come into play as the G-7 kicks off on Friday.