The United States and Canada swung sharply towards a diplomatic and trade crisis on Sunday as top White House advisors lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak".
The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to USA national security.
On Friday, he faced our angry allies at the G-7 conference in Quebec, a face-to-face battle in what could become a destructive trade war.
Peter Navarro tells "Fox News Sunday" that's what Trudeau did to Trump at the end of the Group of Seven nations meeting in Canada over the weekend.
Trump's actions are being called ludicrous and absurd - but then again, coming from a man whose only experience before entering politics was as a businessman (with highly questionable dealings and tactics) and a reality TV show host, might not be all that surprising.
But then Trump pulled out of a joint statement while citing "false statements" by Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau. "They're also anxious about the retaliatory measures that we will take".
Freeland, asked about support from allies, said: "The position of our European allies, including Japan, is the same as ours".
Canadian officials have stressed the two countries' extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 US states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbour.
President Trump did the courtesy to Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit.
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Kudlow sought to tie Trump's reaction to the upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un, saying the North Korean leader "must not see American weakness".
European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft final summit communique on the World Trade Organization and rules-based trade.
Trudeau said in a press conference that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that Americans have unjustly applied to us". But even those vested in Canadian trade are not expected to come to Trudeau's defense as long as the US economy is roaring.
Liberal MP and former dairy farmer Wayne Easter said there was a real sense of panic building in his P.E.I. riding over the implications of Trump's pronouncements following his departure from the G7 gathering.
Kudlow later suffered a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said Monday, but was in good condition.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is set to debrief Commissioners about the G7 and underline the commitment made by the EU in the communiqué to "continue to stand up for an global rules-based multilateral system".
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he hoped Trump would reconsider policies such as the recent increase in tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, China, Mexico, Canada and elsewhere. I do not know where we go from here.
Trudeau, on the June 3 episode of NBC's "Meet the Press", uses stronger words to characterize Trump's tariffs - "The idea that Canadian steel that's in military vehicles in the United States, that makes your fighter jets is somehow now a threat ... the idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable".