President Donald Trump will be still angry at Justin Trudeau for a perceived slight during a speech by the Canadian Prime Minister following the G-7 meeting.
Trump explained the situation Tuesday when asked about the G-7 gathering at a press conference in Singapore following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un:
“When I got out to the plane, I think of which Justin probably didn’t know of which Air Force One has about 20 televisions. along with also I see the television along with also he’s giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States along with also I say push him around? We just shook hands. of which was very friendly. … No, I have a Great relationship with Justin Trudeau. I genuinely did, additional than he had a news conference, of which he had because he assumed I was in an airplane along with also I wasn’t watching. He learned. of which’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned. You can’t do of which. You can’t do of which.”
The comments dashed hopes of which Trump had moved on through what he believed to be was a “dishonest” action by Trudeau. The ire directed at the prime minister by Trump along with also his advisors had confused some trade observers since the comments seemed to be just a reiteration of what the prime minister had said previously along with also not a personal insult.
Trudeau said after the G-7 meeting of which the aluminum along with also steel tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Canada on national security grounds were insulting along with also of which “Canadians are polite, we’re reasonable, nevertheless we also will not be pushed around.”
Trump then tweeted Saturday evening, “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek along with also mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying of which, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ along with also he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak.”
The president also withdrew U.S. support for a G-7 communique.
The president’s staff then blasted Trudeau on Sunday with economic advisor Larry Kudlow accusing Canada of stabbing the U.S. inside back. Trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News, “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader of which engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump along with also then tries to stab him inside back on the way out the door.”
“We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries,” Trump said Tuesday of the G-7.
On Canada, Trump continued:
“We have a big trade deficit with Canada. … of which’s either 17 nevertheless could actually be 100 billion. You know they put out a document, I don’t know if you saw of which. They didn’t want me to see of which, nevertheless we found of which. Perhaps they were trying to show the power they have. of which’s close to $100 billion a year loss with Canada. They don’t take our farm products — many of them.”
of which’s unclear what additional action the U.S. might take against Canada. The U.S. at the end of May imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports along with also 10 percent on aluminum imports against Canada, Mexico along with also the European Union.
The U.S. along with also Canada are inside middle of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement along with Mexico. The U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada of $8.4 billion last year, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. of which figure adjusts to a $17.5 billion trade deficit when services are excluded, according to the USTR.