Trump’s mak­ing en­e­mies, a friend

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PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime min­is­ter over trade is­sues as he set­tled in for a sum­mit with North Korea in Singapore, con­tend­ing that “fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not re­cip­ro­cal”.

Mr Trump roiled the Group of Seven meet­ing in Canada by first agree­ing to a group state­ment on trade only to with­draw from it while com­plain­ing he had been blind­sided by Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s crit­i­cism of Mr Trump’s tar­iff threats at a sum­mit-end­ing news con­fer­ence.

As he flew from Canada to Singapore, Mr Trump dis­played his ire via so­cial me­dia net­work Twit­ter.

The at­tack on a long­time ally and its leader drew sharp crit­i­cism. Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, who also at­tended the sum­mit, said she found Mr Trump’s tweet dis­avow­ing the G-7 state­ment “sober­ing” and “a lit­tle de­press­ing.” She also said the Eu­ro­pean Union would “act” against the US trade mea­sures.

Ear­lier, the White House es­ca­lated the initial tirade and lev­elled more with­er­ing and un­prece­dented crit­i­cism against Mr Trudeau, brand­ing him a back­stab­ber un­wor­thy of Mr Trump’s time.

“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,” Trump trade ad­viser Peter Navarro said in an in­ter­view on Sun­day in the US.

Canada’s foreign min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land said her coun­try “does not con­duct its diplo­macy through ad hominem at­tacks”.

Mr Trump’s top eco­nomic ad­viser Larry Kud­low also sug­gested Mr Trump saw Mr Trudeau as try­ing to weaken his hand, say­ing the Pres­i­dent wouldn’t “let a Cana­dian prime min­is­ter push him around. … Kim must not see Amer­i­can weak­ness”.

Mr Kud­low was re­fer­ring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whom Mr Trump will meet for the first time this morn­ing in a one-on-one ses­sion with trans­la­tors.

A US of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day that the lead­ers would meet for up to two hours be­fore an ex­panded bi­lat­eral meet­ing took place with their re­spec­tive ad­vis­ers.

Of­fi­cials re­main un­cer­tain what will come out of to­day’s un­prece­dented sum­mit, the first of its kind be­tween a sit­ting US pres­i­dent and the leader of North Korea.

THERE’S A SPE­CIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR ANY FOREIGN LEADER THAT EN­GAGES IN BAD FAITH DIPLO­MACY WITH TRUMP SPOKESMAN FOR DON­ALD TRUMP

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