THE G20 summit in Japan is likely to get off to a rocky start today after Donald Trump lashed out at many of the nations involved.
The US president warmed up for the Osaka meeting — one of Theresa May’s final engagements — by telling Fox Business Network ‘almost all nations are abusers’ for taking advantage of the US through trade, and accusing Europe of ‘treating us worse than China’ over tariffs.
He said: ‘Germany is way delinquent. They don’t pay Nato what they’re supposed to pay.’ And Mr Trump criticised Tokyo, saying that a treaty meant that ‘if Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III’ but if the US is attacked ‘Japan doesn’t have to help us — they can watch it on Sony television, the attack’.
Mr Trump said Vietnam was ‘almost the single worst abuser of everybody’. And about Canada, he said: ‘O Canada — a beautiful song right? Except they charge us 300 per cent tariffs for a little thing called agricultural products.’
He tweeted: ‘India… just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable’.
Despite fears of an escalation in the US and China trade war, Mr Trump has said he was confident of a new deal as ‘the Chinese economy is going down the tubes’.