Trump puts pressure on US allies as he heads to G-7 Summit

Trump puts pressure on US allies as he heads to G-7 Summit
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE maintained his calls to crack down on what he deemed unfair trade practices by key U.S. allies on Friday, as he prepared to head to Quebec for the Group of Seven Summit.

In a pair of tweets, Trump railed against Canadian tariffs on dairy products, and said that even if he's unable to balance out "unfair Trade Deals" with G-7 members, the U.S. would "come out even better."

"Canada charges the U.S. a 270% tariff on Dairy Products! They didn’t tell you that, did they?" Trump tweeted. "Not fair to our farmers!"


"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries," he wrote in a second tweet. "If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!"

The tweets were the latest in a war of words between the president and key U.S. allies, particularly Canada and France, that escalated on Thursday. 

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Trump on Thursday of isolating himself from Washington's traditional allies and implementing protectionist trade policies that run counter to the values of the G-7.

Trump also went after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, writing in a tweet that Trudeau was being "indignant" by positioning himself against U.S. tariffs imposed late last month on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

The tensions between the three leaders is likely to be a sticking point on Friday, as the G-7 Summit — a meeting of the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — gets underway.

In another potential snub to U.S. allies, the White House announced on Thursday night that Trump would leave the summit early on Saturday and head to Singapore ahead of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is set to take place on Tuesday.

Trump in another tweet said his upcoming plans will mean he won't be talking about the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian attempts to influence the 2016 elections "for a while."