What Really Sparked Trump's Outrage Over Trudeau's Statement?

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

The U.S. appears increasingly isolated among its key allies in its insistence on imposing new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump", Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Fox News this weekend, following the G7 summit in Quebec. Bob Corker has introduced legislation that would roll back the President's power to impose tariffs like the ones he introduced earlier this month on steel and aluminum on USA allies, but Republican leaders don't appear eager to take it up even as an amendment to already-moving legislation.

June 6 - Trudeau tells Global National that he's "disappointed" at the reasoning behind Trump's tariffs, saying he doesn't understand "in what universe" a long-time ally of the USA could be considered a national security threat.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a television interview on Sunday that the summit is a "sobering" and "depressing" experience with an outcome that "wasn't a great thing".

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City.

On June 1, Trump sends the first of several Twitter salvos against what he says are Canada's unfair trade policies - "Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time".

Trump responded to the Canadian prime minster's news conference by tweeting that because of Trudeau's statement, he would not sign the communique that the G-7 nations had drafted at the summit.

Before leaving for Singapore, Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

- The Prime Minister's Office responds by saying Trudeau didn't say anything he didn't previously say in public and private conversations with Trump.

Following his departure from the summit Saturday evening, Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "Very dishonest & weak" during the summit, drawing criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including Arizona Republican Sen.

But the response by USA lawmakers, business executives and officials falls short of the concerted and effective nationwide pressure campaign Canadian officials had hoped would be launched if a major threat developed.

He also suggested something more nefarious may have been afoot when Navarro made the comments. Trudeau stuck our president in the back. "Let's be serious", the French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that "There is a special place in heaven for Justin Trudeau".

"Look, as a guy that believes in heaven and hell, I would never use those terms ever", he told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour" on Monday.

There were two crucial points that didn't satisfy the United States delegation, the Canadian media points out.

"So that's clearly what was the frustration, but no I think that the judgment day that separates us from heaven or hell is not dependent upon whether you agree with the president or not, so I do not think that it is the official position", he said. The G-7 also includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. "That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable".