WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump's senior trade adviser apologized Tuesday for making comments attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying they were inappropriate. "And in fact the picture with Angela Merkel, who I get along with very well, where I'm sitting there like this. we're waiting for the document because I wanted to see the final document as changed".
Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore, repeating his criticism of US trade policies with Canada - he also took aim at Germany - in a multitweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told.
Former Minister of National Defence in Stephen Harper's government, among other positions, Peter MacKay dropped by our Toronto Sun offices to chat with Editor-In-Chief Adrienne Batra and unpack what Trump and Trudeau's growing feud means to Canada (hello: recession?!) and why he wishes our PM had been chiller with Trump.
At a press conference Saturday, Trudeau recommitted to imposing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods in response to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.
The U.S condemnation stems from Trudeau's assertion that Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", a point he had made several times before.
The remarks caused Trump to bash the Canadian leader on Twitter and refuse to sign the official G7 communique - a mostly symbolic but important gesture. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!", Trump wrote in a second tweet.
He said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".
In the same set of tweets, Trump said: "Justin acts hurt when called out!"
While the agreement of MPs who are normally opposed on most fronts was remarkable, the anger spread to pundits, officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens as Canadians vowed consumer boycotts of American goods and brainstormed insults of Trump on social media. And we were waiting for the document to come back so we could read it. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7".
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un converged on this island city state Sunday ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday morning meant to settle a stand-off over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal. Trump told reporters at a press conference following the summit that Trudeau's comments "cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".
"Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that's on workers", Singh told a news conference on Parliament Hill.