While POTUS may actually have started a trade war that will end in a severing of the longstanding Canada-US relationship and the end of free trade between the countries, it's nice to know that most Americans are pro-Canada and that our government can unify when it really matters.
Trudeau and his ministers were careful to say nothing that would add fuel to Trump's ire, hoping it will dissipate once the president is no longer stressed about his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. After all, he's not the world leader running slave-labor concentration camps and aiming nuclear weapons at the U.S. and its allies. Under his administration, the USA has already clobbered its top export market on trade, running a $2.7 billion surplus, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Mr. Trump's complaint is that Canada-U.S. discussions went well behind closed doors at the G7 meeting in La Malbaie, Que., but Mr. Trudeau made it sound different in public. At one point he wrote, "Justin acts hurt when called out!"
He said it "didn't look friendly" but it was "very friendly".
Yet his top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, downplayed the severity of the rift. He then asserted multiple times to the room full of reporters that he has a "good relationship" with Trudeau.
The European Union on Monday backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after US President Donald J. Trump branded the youthful and popular Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak" following the G7 meeting. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One".More news: How the Hill Reacted to the Trump-Kim Summit
Trudeau did not fire back when asked to respond to his USA counterpart's latest jab. "That will not stand".
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told CNN that he doesn't think anyone should be "using overheated rhetoric".
Let's detail what happened in the 36-ish hours Trump spent in Quebec - and what he and his allies said once he left.
On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau. Can't do it in person. Trump said it was snapped as they waited for changes he'd requested to the communique, which he ended up pulling out of.
"I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests", he said. Canadians are "polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.
"I thought, 'Well that would tick off Trump a lot because he hates Jeff Bezos,"' Kelly said, pointing to the feud launched by the president against Amazon's founder. From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".