US President Donald Trump has criticised some of America's key allies in the wake of a tense G7 summit in Canada, saying the US protects Europe "at great financial loss" and then gets "unfairly clobbered on trade".
Taking to his favoured platform of Twitter, Trump typed out a string of angry tweets saying the US paid "close to the entire cost of NATO", protecting many of the same countries that then "rip us off on trade".
The President added that "change is coming", and that no longer would the US let its "friends, or enemies" take advantage of the country on trade.
"We must put the American worker first," he said.
Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
....And add to that the fact that the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!). The European Union had a $151 Billion Surplus-should pay much more for Military!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
....Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
Sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore. We must put the American worker first!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
Trump's Twitter tirade came after two of his top economic advisers accused Canadian leader Justin Trudeau of stabbing the US President in the back.
Trump had left the other nations at the G7 reeling after he pulled out of a joint communique following the meeting on Twitter, hinting that a drawn-out trade war could be on the cards.
Peter Navarro, the White House National Trade Council leader, told Fox News: “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.”
Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, meanwhile, said Trudeau had “really kind of stabbed us in the back”.
He had criticised US tariffs at a press conference, as Trump was leaving early to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.