Trump confused by Trudeau's 'pushed around' comment: 'We just shook hands!'

Trump withdrew from G7 statement to show toughness Kudlow

Trump withdrew from G7 statement to show toughness Kudlow

Canada's House of Commons on Monday unanimously condemned the personal attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by U.S. President Donald Trump and his surrogates as the famously polite nation simmered over the weekend broadsides by its U.S. ally.

Trump is in Singapore where he is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Among other insults the president levelled at the PM, Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak", and accused Canada of ripping the USA off in trade.

At his closing press conference, Trudeau called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.

Trudeau did not immediately respond, but his office said on Saturday after Trump withdrew support for the communique that the prime minister had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to Trump before.

In Speaker Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, which has a trade surplus with Mexico and Canada, worries over future tariffs on local dairy products, boats, cranberries and Harley-Davidson motorcycles led to similar calls for GOP action. His anger appears to have been sparked by a news conference Mr Trudeau gave after the summit, in which he described as "insulting" the way the USA cited national security as a reason for the tariffs.

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen says her party is united with the Liberals when it comes to defending Canada's trade interests. Conspiracy theories, jokes and memes started bubbling up after the Canadian Prime Minister's eyebrows appeared uneven during his press conference with French president Emanuel Macron.


Another stumbling block was the part regarding climate change, where the U.S. didn't want to see any reference to the Paris Agreement, from which the Trump administration has withdrawn, The Star reported.

The escalating clash cast a shadow over the Trump's nuclear talks with Kim and led critics to question why the president was bashing USA partners while appearing to cozy up to one of Washington's bitterest long-time foes.

At a press conference Saturday, Trudeau recommitted to imposing retaliatory tariffs on USA goods in response to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

"We should think very carefully about a situation in which we are retaliating against one of our closest neighbors and our best friends and longtime allies", said Dr. Robert Kudrle, of the Humphrey School of Public Policy. "But actually we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very friendly".

In reality, the United States has a small surplus with Canada when goods and services are considered - $341.2 billion to Canada's $325.9 billion, according to 2016 statistics from the USA trade representative. "We make our commitments and keep them".

"We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy".

Larry Kudlow, the White House economic adviser, also characterized Trudeau's remarks as a "betrayal".

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