Trump has repeatedly trashed and attacked America's closest allies. Now he's afraid to go to Canada to face them at the G-7 summit.
Trump does not want to visit Canada for the upcoming G-7 conference after trash-talking that nation and other top allies.
The Washington Post reports that he “fears attending the Group of Seven summit” because ” he is diametrically opposed on many key issues with his counterparts — and does not want to be lectured by them.”
Historically, these nations have had broad agreement with the United States on most major international issues. Trump, however, has decided to upend these alliances while cozying up to rogue international leaders like Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte.
The Post notes that Trump “has griped” about Germany’s Angela Merkel — some of her fellow Germans want Trump’s new ambassador expelled after just a month on the job — and he believes British Prime Minister Theresa May is “too politically correct.”
His two predecessors, Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, had no issues with making visits to England in their first year.
The Post reports that Trump “has vented privately” about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau recently called him out for his decision to launch a trade war against America’s allies. The trade war is already hurting Americans, especially those in red states.
Trump’s ignorance on trade has been baffling for the Canadian leader, who enjoyed a normal and friendly relationship with President Obama.
Senior European Union officials have openly noted how much Trump has oriented America against the alliance on his watch.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, wrote, “Looking at latest decisions of @realDonaldTrump someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies.”
It is far beyond the bounds of traditional diplomacy for an American president to fear visiting Canada, of all places. It is even stranger that Trump fears normal interactions with leaders from Germany, England, and Canada itself.
Meanwhile, he warmly embraces pariah nations and their leaders. He has even suggested he might invite North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to his Florida club Mar-a-Lago if they hit off at their summit later this month.
Alliances have made America strong over the years. Fearing allies while currying favor with the worst of the worst makes the nation weak.