In a tweet, Trump accused the U.S. allies of levying “massive tariffs” and creating “non-monetary barriers.”
@realDonaldTrump: Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.
French President Emmanuel Macron had threatened to exclude U.S. from a joint statement issued every year at the G-7 summit in a tweet.
“The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be. 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,” Macron tweeted.
On Friday, Trump is scheduled to attend the annual summit and meet with leaders from the U.K., Canada, Japan, Italy, Germany and France.
He has repeatedly lashed out at Trudeau on Twitter. Last week, Trump said Canada’s trade policies have treated American farmers “very poorly for a long period of time.”
@realDonaldTrump: Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time. Highly restrictive on Trade! They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers! They report a really high surplus on trade with us. Do Timber & Lumber in U.S.?
Tensions between the U.S. and many of its allies were already high after the Trump administration decided to impose tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, citing national security concerns.
Canada swiftly responded saying it would levy “dollar-for-dollar” retaliatory measures against the U.S. tariffs. Other countries also pledged to impose their own retaliatory tariffs.
Over the weekend, top economic leaders asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to relay their “unanimous concern and disappointment” over the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.