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Trump lashes out at US allies in Twitter rant

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lashed out at US allies Monday in a rant focusing on trade following a contentious summit of economic powers in at the weekend.

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal," Trump tweeted, as he criticized Canadian tariffs on imports of US milk.

Canadian then "acts hurt when called out!" Trump wrote.

Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the meet finished on Saturday with the US accusing Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty.

His rant today continued: "Why should I, as of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay? Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!" Adding to the US trade deficit is "the fact that the US 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!)." He said the "should pay much more for Military!"

According to Trump, "pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!" Figures that Trump cites in his tweets have often been found to be incorrect or misleading.

He concluded: "Sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 13:35 IST