A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government had built "valuable relationships" in the United States, from the administration to organized labor and would continue its outreach. In striking such a hostile tone against one of the oldest and closest USA allies, Navarro said Tuesday he was emboldened to send a "strong signal of strength" on the eve of the landmark summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump first agreed to sign a joint economic pledge, then pulled out after taking off in Air Force One, calling the Canadian Prime Minister "very dishonest and weak" after Trudeau vowed to retaliate against US tariffs on steel and aluminum. "Kim must not see American weakness".
Two points of the joint communique formulated by the G7 members were not negotiated with the U.S. president, but that didn't prevent the Canadian prime minister from announcing that all member-states had reached common ground on the final statement.
The tariffs, as well as Trump's noted opposition to multilateralism, his criticism of Canadian trade barriers and suggestion that the union become the G8 with the inclusion of Russian Federation made for a chaotic lead into the G7 summit.
It was left to Trump's aides to figure out how to explain Trump's airing of grievances against trading partners instead of focusing on his coming talks with Kim, which the president's supporters hope will provide him with a major foreign-policy win. Can't do it in person. "It's very unfair, and it's very unfair to our workers, and I'm gonna straighten it out".
He continued by saying Trudeau's comments are "not what true friends do" and added "I think Peter Navarro's commentary on Fox was spot-on".
"My job is to stand up for Canadian workers, Canadian interests and I will do that without flinching", Trudeau said Saturday.
Let's get real here in past 24 hours President of the United States has been slammed by Justin Trudeau, Robert De Niro, Emmanuel Macron and John McCain.
Later during the show, Smith further said Trump's latest attitude towards Trudeau isn't a new thing and he has "been kicking allies in the teeth his whole presidency".
"Canadians are polite and reasonable, but we will not be pushed around", Trudeau said. "They surely can not be that upset about what the prime minister said", according to a second Canadian official. "Obviously, we don't want to be held hostage to these tariffs Donald Trump has arbitrarily put in place, but there are other things that we would like to see in terms of advancing the free trade agenda".
After President Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imported from the E.U., Merkel warned the E.U. would be following Canada's lead, moving forward with countermeasures against the U.S.