Susan Rice: ‘Very Worrisome’ for Trump to ‘Disrespect Our Allies While Embracing Russia and Giving Benefits to China’

By Melanie Arter | June 11, 2018 | 1:06 PM EDT

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice (Screenshot)

( - Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who served during the Obama administration, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that it is “very worrisome and very destructive” for President Donald Trump to go to the G7 summit “and essentially blow it up and disrespect our allies, while embracing Russia and giving benefits to China.”

“The United States, our leadership in the world, our national security has long depended on having close and unbreakable bonds with our closest allies.The G7 partners are our closest allies in the world. We share values. We share interests. We share security,” Rice said.

“And for the president of the United States to walk into that session and to essentially blow it up and disrespect our allies, while embracing Russia and giving benefits to China, countries that are not our allies, and in the case of Russia, indeed, our declared adversary, is very worrisome and very destructive,” she said.

After Trump left the G7 summit and while he was on his way to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1st, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us.

“I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do, because Canadians, we are polite. We’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around,” Trudeau said.

In response, Trump tweeted:

“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!

“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings 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!

“Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!

“Why should I, as President 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! $800 Billion Trade Deficit…

“....And add to that the fact that the U.S. 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!). The European Union had a $151 Billion Surplus-should pay much more for Military!”



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