There is probably no one still laboring under the delusion that Donald Trump is “just another” world politician at this point, but if was still anyone fooling themselves into thinking that this administration was another Establishment tool, this weekend’s G7 Summit destroyed their mythology.
President Trump was on fire during his brief stay in Quebec City, and he unleashed even more fire after he left. For Germany, France, Canada, and other U.S. allies who thought they could walk all over our new leader, this weekend’s conference was a rude awakening. Trump isn’t playing around, he isn’t using trade as a rhetorical device, and he isn’t kidding when he says it’s time to shift international trade agreements back to the favor of the United States. And if these leaders don’t wake up soon, they could find out just how serious our president is.
The most remarkable (and remarked-about) moment of the G7 came after the president left on a flight for Singapore, where he’s scheduled to attend a long-anticipated summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. It was at that time, only moments after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proudly announced a Group of 7 joint statement on the benefits of working together on trade issues, that Trump denounced the statement, denounced Trudeau, and made it clear to the international community that they were not dealing with the America of old.
“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” Trump wrote.
Trump, angry at the tone Trudeau took on the subject of U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and promises of economic retaliation, also tweeted about the prime minister’s hypocrisy.
“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @g7 meetings,” he wrote, “only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”
Even Trump’s forceful tweets were perhaps outdone by one sent by National Security Adviser John Bolton, who wrote: “Just another #G7 where other countries expect America will always be their bank. The President made it clear today. No more.”
In one sense, you can kinda feel for these hapless foreign leaders; they are so used to dealing with presidents and administrations in WAY over their heads and completely controlled by international globalists that they have no idea what to do with a figure as uniquely strong as Trump. This is a man who built his own multi-billion dollar business from the ground up in one of the toughest real estate markets in the world. He’s not intimidated by the likes of Angela Merkel, to put it mildly. And he’s not forgotten that he was elected to shake up the global order in a big way.
If our Richter Scale is working right…we think the shaking has just begun.