Trump and Kim Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Historic Summit


Canada's immediate priorities are making progress on a new North American Free Trade Agreement, getting the drop its tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel and avoiding any fresh trade barriers, as Trump has threatened, said one official familiar with the Canada-U.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Fox News interview Sunday, saying there was a "special place in hell" for Trudeau and any foreign leader who engaged in "bad-faith diplomacy" with U.S. President Donald Trump.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trudeau announced on Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed the joint communique; however, he noted that the US tariffs are "insulting" and Canada "will not be pushed around".

Freeland said Sunday that she remains hopeful that "common sense will triumph".

Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer in his home state of Arizona, called out the President in a tweet Saturday for not siding with USA allies at the summit.

In a pointed criticism of Trump's policy, May said that the most effective way of reaping the benefits of globalisation was through multilateral action, adding: "It can not be done by taking unilateral action against your partners".

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Mr Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

"So at this summit, we expressed deep disappointment at the unjustified decision of the United States to apply tariffs to steel and aluminium imports".

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"The G7 and continued war of words also increase the likelihood that the 232 steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place, the Mexico/Canadian retaliation tariffs will go live later this summer, and Trump is likely to threaten a counter-retaliation", he said.

"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the President", the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

The comments from Navarro, and others from Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow, come amid a tense tariff dispute between the two ally nations.

Confidence between President Trump and his allies appears to have fallen to an all-time low.

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Trudeau was quick with his riposte: "So I'd say NAFTA is in good shape". Those tariffs will come into place July 1 if the USA doesn't remove their tariffs before that date. Navarro later clarified that his comments were "the sentiment that was on Air Force One after that". "I mean seriously, Russia, who took over Crimea, all the violence that's taken place in Ukraine, the poisoning of people in the United Kingdom, the influence in our election this last time period", Heyman recounted. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

"But the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face".

G7 allies seemed as perplexed as Canada at the sudden diplomatic row, and Germany and France accused Mr Trump of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.