The United States and Canada swung sharply on Sunday toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak." The spat drew in Germany and France, which sharply criticised Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently. "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to a close ally," Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Sunday. Freeland reiterated that Canada would retaliate to U.S. tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way, adding the country would always be willing to talk. Trump in Singapore on Monday escalated his war of words with Canada and the European Union in a pair of tweets. Trump said: "Fair … [Read more...] about U.S.-Canada dispute escalates after tense G7
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President Trump will fly to Singapore tomorrow morning, leaving the G7 summit in Quebec early for his meeting with Kim Jong Un. The president said Thursday if the meeting goes well, he'd consider inviting Kim to the U.S. But he also repeated that he'd be willing to walk out if the talks don't make progress. "Well-prepared" Trump has big gap to close in talks with Kim As with so much of his presidency, Mr. Trump is building up his highly-anticipated meeting with Kim Jong Un as must-see TV, teasing us with what will no doubt be the world's most viewed meet and greet. And the stakes couldn't be higher. "Given the 25 years of failed negotiations, I think the president has made that bold move saying, 'I'll meet him, I'll give him that major deliverable and hopefully we'll move forward," Ambasaddor Joseph DeTrani said. He is guardedly optimistic about the North Korea summit. Between 2003 and 2006, he was the U.S. special envoy for six-party talks with North Korea. "I think North … [Read more...] about “Zero trust” between U.S. and North Korea ahead of historic summit
The U.S. State Department on Friday issued an expanded health alert for all of China amid reports some U.S. diplomats based in the country had experienced a mysterious malady that resembles a brain injury and has already affected U.S. personnel in Cuba, Reuters reports. A previous statement in May only mentioned the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou as the location for the health alert, though it was sent to U.S. citizens throughout the country. The State Department had confirmed earlier that one U.S. employee assigned to the consulate in Guangzhou had “suffered a medical incident”, and that it had deployed a team to screen employees and family members there. On Wednesday the U.S. government said that it had brought a group of people from that consulate back to the United States for further evaluation of their symptoms, and that it was offering screening to anyone at the U.S. embassy in Beijing or other consulates in China who requested it. The United States also operates … [Read more...] about U.S. expands China health alert amid illness reports
Alexander Pearson Deutsche Welle Published 11:43 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell,who is scheduled to meet with German Foreign Ministry officials on Wednesday, needs to rethink his role in Germany or risk becoming a "highly ineffective" ambassador, a prominent lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives told DW. Grenell has been roundly condemned in Germany after he said it was his goal to "empower" anti-establishment conservative forces in Europe in an interview with right-wing news outlet Breitbart. Grenell's language, Nick said, was "highly inappropriate" and, when translated into German, reminiscent of language used by extremist politicians in the 1930s. More: U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell wants to 'empower' Europe's right Grenell, 51, had already caused a stir in May when he told German companies to "immediately" wind down their business in Iran following President Trump's … [Read more...] about German lawmaker says U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell should reconsider role after ’empowerment’ comments
Oren Dorell USA TODAY Published 4:45 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 WASHINGTON — An arms-control organization that seeks to ban all nuclear weapons has offered to pay for North Korea's hotel stay at the June 12 summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in Singapore. U.S. officials were seeking a discreet way to pay Kim's hotel bills because "the prideful but cash-poor pariah state" wants a foreign country to cover the costs, according to The Washington Post. The summit will be held at the Fullerton, a neoclassical hotel on an island near the mouth of the Singapore River, where a presidential suite costs more than $6,000 a night. Kim and Trump plan to meet to discuss a possible end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program and a possible peace agreement to formally end the Korean War. Trump on Friday said the summit is going to happen after receiving a letter from Kim that was hand-delivered to the White House by the North's envoy, Vice … [Read more...] about The U.S.-North Korea summit is back on, but who is going to pay Kim Jong Un’s hotel bill?