As Trump attacks, Canada goes to Plan B: same as Plan A

The G7 leaders pose for the traditional family

The G7 leaders pose for the traditional family

U.S. President Donald Trump's spat with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows no signs of abetting, with Trump continuing to tweet his annoyance at Trudeau's response to trade tariffs even after landing in Singapore, where he is due to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Also, contrary to Trump's attacks, the USA maintained an $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada a year ago, mostly due to a large advantage in services.

May 25 - Trump reportedly quips to Trudeau, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" after Trudeau protests the USA invoking "national security" as its reason for imposing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Internationally, one European diplomat says the rest of the G7 will carry on despite the president's online attack against Trudeau and his decision to pull out of the final G7 communique.

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.

Trump wouldn't discuss the reasons why Russian Federation was expelled from the group in 2014, specifically because of its annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, but blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for allowing it to happen, and said he would have done things very differently.

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That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major worldwide security concern. "And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it", Trump said in a bewildering press conference before he departed Canada, insisting that the summit was a success and the level of relationship he shared with the G7 leaders was a10 on a scale of one to ten.

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Mr Navarro told Fox News: "There is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

Trump threatened that the USA will stop trading with countries that maintain tariffs on his country's exports, particularly in the agricultural sector, and that he has launched the idea of eliminating all trade duties, because "ultimately that's what you want".

President Donald Trump has ramped up his messaging about the G7 and Canada in recent days, accusing the other G7 countries of unfair trade practices.

Two Trump advisers have used television interviews to attack Trudeau following the summit.

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"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", he wrote in one tweet that then went on to accuse Canada of imposing unfair taxes on United States dairy products. And chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betrayal and stabbing Trump in the back.

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that a meeting of the Group of Seven leaders in Canada had been "difficult" and that countries had to avoid taking unilateral action in order to protect the global trading system.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Mr Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

"He really stabbed us in the back".

Last year, the United States had a trade deficit of nearly $570 billion with other countries around the world. "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".

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