Donald Trump lands in Singapore for North Korea summit - and immediately sends stream of angry tweets

Donald Trump has arrived in Singapore for peace talks with North Korea but he was anything but peaceful in a Twitter rant as he took swipes at Canada following the G7 meeting.

In an extraordinary tirade, the President called out Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, describing him as 'dishonest' and 'weak', over his stance on trade.

Trump had at first agreed to a group statement on trade, only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Mr Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference.

Donald Trump sent out a barrage of angry tweets following the G7 summit (AP)
As he flew from Canada to Singapore on Saturday night, Trump unleashed his anger on Twitter, writing: '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!'

He added: '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!'


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He concluded: 'Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense?

'We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!'

The attack on a long-time ally and its leader drew sharp criticism.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Trump's tweet disavowing the G7 statement 'sobering' and 'a little depressing'.

She also said the European Union would 'act' against the US trade measures.

Earlier, the White House escalated the initial tirade and levelled more criticism against Mr Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time.

Trump directed his ire at Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (Rex)

Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said: 'There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.'

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country 'does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks'.

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate over new US tariffs, did not respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel on Sunday for meetings with other world leaders.

The President wasted no time in making his feelings clear after the G7 summit (Rex)

Spokesman Cameron Ahmad said on Saturday night that Mr Trudeau 'said nothing he hasn't said before – both in public and in private conversations' with Trump.

Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau, took his own swipe at Trump on Twitter, writing: 'Big tough guy once he's back on his airplane. Can't do it in person... He's a pathetic little man-child.'

Trump's anger quickly turned hopeful when he later tweeted about his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un.

The limousine carrying the North Korean leader makes it way through the crowds in Singapore (Rex)
Trump is in Singapore for a summit with Kim Jong-un (Rex)

He wrote: 'Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!'

Trump said he thinks 'things can work out very nicely' with North Korea on the eve of the historic summit.

He told Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong: 'We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely.'

Kim sped through the streets in a limousine after his arrival in Singapore, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the car, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and closely guarded St Regis Hotel.

He and Trump are set to meet on Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting US President.

A US official said on Monday that Trump and Kim will first meet one on one with translators in a session that could last up to two hours before they open the meeting to their respective advisers.

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