The United States and Canada are facing a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers hurled insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday morning, accusing him of "stabbing the USA in the back".
US President Donald Trump called Mr Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" after leaving the Group of Seven heads of government meeting in Canada on Sunday, shattering any hope its northern neighbour could avoid US tariffs on steel and aluminium, or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Trump's recent threats and installing of tariffs in a press conference at the end of the summit.
Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix.
In the same set of tweets, Trump said: "Justin acts hurt when called out!"
That was short-lived after Trump again took to Twitter following Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmation of Canada's position on the tariffs.
"I see the television that he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States".
Trump, who attended a G7 meeting in Quebec before heading to Singapore on Saturday, withdrew from a joint statement drafted by the global organization on trade.
The second issue was United States' insistence on "reciprocal" trade, the source said.
But Trump didn't seem impressed by the comment. Trump advisers also took up the attack in appearances on Sunday's news shows, leveling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time.
The outburst against Trudeau, and by association the other G7 members, is only the latest incident in which Trump has clashed with America's closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin.
"They can continue to have a supply management system, but they can't have the incredibly high tariffs and other barriers and manoeuvres that they do to deal with the problems that are created by the supply management system", Vilsack said.
"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with United States (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".
"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us", said Trudeau.
"There are always irritants in relationships", Pompeo said, adding that without partners like Canada, "we wouldn't be in this place, we wouldn't have this diplomatic opportunity" with the North. 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".
"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", he said.