Trump roiled the Group of Seven meeting in Canada by first agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of Trump's tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference.
On Trump's handling of trade - where the populist president has taken major steps to enact his economic nationalist agenda - almost 80 percent of Republican voters said they approve of trade actions thus far.
"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".
The coordinated attack against Trudeau from the USA officials, not to mention Trump's tweets calling Trudeau "weak" and dishonest, has led former US ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman to conclude the White House is trying to make Canada the scapegoat for troubled NAFTA negotiations.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House assault by saying ad hominem attacks were not helpful, that Canada would retaliate to United States tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada would always be willing to talk.
One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.
“I used language that was inappropriate,” trade adviser Peter Navarro said according to Wall Street Journal reporters. | Getty
Responding, Wallace said: "You used some very strong words, "stab in the back", "a special place in hell".
Trudeau himself was nowhere to be seen Monday, taking a break after hosting the tense, three-day summit, to which Trump arrived late, left early and then upended with a Twitter tirade from Air Force One.
In contrast, Trump was mostly smiles with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, saying talks were "top of the line." . "I really did. Other than he had a news conference that he had cause he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn't watching".
Trump said he chose to back out of the G7 communique after watching Trudeau's closing summit news conference, at which he warned that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs - a point the Canadian prime minister had made several times before.
His apology came days after Trump and Trudeau verbally sparred over the G7 summit in Canada. Kudlow said Trump won't let people "take pot shots at him" and that Trudeau "should've known better".
Trump has framed the topic of trade agreements as an issue of national security, a stance backed by the advisers he has stocked in his White House, including the new National Security Advisor John Bolton.
Trump says the U.S.
"Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that's on workers", Singh told a news conference on Parliament Hill.
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