President Trump may be fresh off a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but he's still smarting from a perceived slight from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Not long after Trump issued two tweets calling Trudeau "very dishonest & weak".
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.
On the eve of Mr. Trump's meeting with Mr. Kim, one of the president's top trade advisers, Peter Navarro, said there was "a special place in hell" for leaders like Mr. Trudeau, accusing him of engaging in "bad-faith diplomacy" with Mr. Trump.
One photo in particular shows Trudeau trying to engage with a sullen Trump. "The very people who voted for President Trump will pay the ultimate price of these tariffs".
Mr Trudeau and the European Union have vowed to take retaliatory action next month over USA tariffs on steel and aluminum. And I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around?
The British government has been eager to sign a trade deal with the USA after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year.
On Saturday, the summit's second and final day, President Trump left early and took to Twitter to praise Canada, seemingly leaving the country on positive terms.
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In a string of angry tweets, Trump said the USA paid "close to the entire cost of Nato" to help protect countries that "rip us off on trade".
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cheering Donald Trump's bid to broker a deal to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but he's keeping mum on the US president's persistent trash talk against Canada. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!", Trump wrote in a second tweet.
"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said.
"I've never seen language like this, the least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally". "We need to avoid a continued tit-for-tat escalation", she said.
"It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory tariffs measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbour.
"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with United States (guess they were bragging and got caught!)". Trudeau had used similar language in the past, and Canada threatened retaliatory tariffs before the G-7 got underway in response to the US duties on metal.
"There are more jobs now posted than there are people looking for work in the United States, and we've cut immigration pretty substantially", he said, noting that the country's birth rate is low.