G7 summit: Donald Trump claws at America’s key allies

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US President Donald Trump has fired off a string of angry tweets criticising America’s closest allies hours after leaving a divisive G7 summit in Canada.
Mr Trump said the US paid “close to the entire cost of Nato” to help purrtect countries that “rip us off on trade”.
“Fair trade is now to be called fool trade,” he added in response to the threat of new tariffs against the US.
His tirade came after G7 allies criticised his decision to reject a joint communique.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on TV late on Sunday that his change of heart was “sobering and a little depressing”. The French presidency had earlier condemned “fits of anger”.
After Mr Trump had left the summit in Quebec he rounded on Justin Trudeau personally, suggesting the Canadian prime minister was “very dishonest and weak” and “acts hurt when called out”.

 

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