US President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets yesterday venting anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union (EU) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive Group of Seven (G-7) meeting over the weekend.
Trump is in Singapore where he is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Trudeau said after the G-7 meeting that the aluminum and steel tariffs imposed by the USA on Canada on national security grounds were insulting and that "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".
Trump said he watched Trudeau's news conference on Air Force One on his way to Singapore and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting at the G7 summit.
Ottawa has announced dollar-for-dollar retaliation on the USA imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada.
"I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he "will not be pushed around" by the United States".
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USA trade officials are going further.
The former Conservative prime minister said that while he believes the dispute is serious, that doesn't make it "lethal".
The president said he was annoyed by Trudeau's comments about not letting Canada get pushed around.
Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore, repeating his criticism of USA trade policies with Canada - he also took aim at Germany - in a multitweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told.
The escalating clash cast a shadow over the Trump's nuclear talks with Kim and led critics to question why the president was bashing US partners while appearing to cozy up to one of Washington's bitterest long-time foes. "I don't know what it might be, but the message that the president sent was so strong to one of our allies that I really don't understand why they would do that unless he truly felt that there had been a violation of trust".
As well, she said the government should accelerate work on its Plan B in the event that Trump blows up NAFTA or follows through on threats to impose tariffs on autos and auto parts - a move Ambrose said would be devastating to Canada's economy.
The DFC's Wiens said giving up further market share would "make it very hard for us to continue the growth and investment we've seen in the past several years".
In a statement Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skillful chairing". The U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada of $8.4 billion a year ago, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Trudeau pulled a "sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption" that amounted to "a betrayal", said Kudlow, who appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation".