Trump refused to sign a joint agreement with US allies at the end of the summit and threatened to cut off trade with them unless deals were renegotiated. He vented his sentiments on Twitter just minutes after Trudeau's announcement with a scathing invective calling his host "very dishonest & weak".
Again, the USA objection may have simply been meant to gain leverage over Canada and other trading partners. He stated that the recently imposed tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel were "insulting" and that Canada would continue to stand up for itself against Trump's unfair agenda.
The White House is quietly trying to fix the American government's fractured relationship with Canada as President Donald Trump is in Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Politico reported Monday.
As we've argued elsewhere, Trump appears to be targeting allies as a means of rupturing their mindset-convincing them that they are no longer deserving of American coddling just because of their geopolitical status.
Without any resolution, Trudeau has promised to impose retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other United States products by Canada Day. The Australian and New Zealand dollars also declined amid risk-averse price action.
The venom of the exchange sent shockwaves through foreign policy circles and rattled markets, as another sign of the weakness of the Western alliance and of the threat NAFTA will collapse.
"We need to focus on the facts", and recall that Washington protects its industries too, a senior Canadian official said, pointing to United States agricultural subsidies. "We don't think that that is a useful or productive way to do business", she said. Trump aides accused Trudeau of betrayal of Trump for his statement on retaliation.
"This is a small-minded man not fit for public office".
Canada is facing penalties of 25 per cent on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, but Ries says there's still hope no tariffs will be imposed.
Before the apology, some USA lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the strong language the White House and Trump have used toward Canada in contrast to the praise he gave North Korea at Tuesday's summit in Singapore.
Trump didn't miss the opportunity to tweet again Monday, slamming Trudeau for acting "hurt when called out!"
But even he was nonplussed by Trump's line of attack.
The bust-up has sent relations between the U.S. and Canada, historically the closest of allies and trading partners, to a new low.
"Look, countries can not continue to take advantage of us on trade".
Behind his claim lies a difference in how the countries' calculate the trade figures.
Trudeau promised to fight back by slapping his own tariffs on American goods.
"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".
"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)". Trump's assertion that "Russia should be in this (G-7) meeting" became another distracting headline from the summit.
Mulroney, who has a personal relationship with Trump and has been quietly advising the prime minister on how to deal with the mercurial USA president, likened Trump's weekend tirade to "serious summer squalls".
"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".
The president concluded his tweetstorm by saying, "Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore".
Trudeau's itinerary was marked "personal" and he was not in the House of Commons.