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

14 June 2018

US President Donald Trump continued his ongoing verbal attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau early on Monday saying that "Justin acts hurt when called out!"

The accusations largely confirmed the worst-case scenarios the government had for the G7 summit it was hosting in the picturesque Charlevoix region of Quebec where Trump was making his Canadian debut.

Trudeau said at the news conference that while the G-7 meeting was "very successful", Canada could impose retaliatory tariffs on USA products. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7", economic advisor Larry Kudlow said on CNN on Sunday.

In a mocking tone, Kudlow rattled off the reasons Trudeau offered for his barbed critique of Trump's policies.

Canada is joined by other major economies, including Germany and France, who have found the idea "insulting" that trade agreements between allies could be called security matters.

Even Hollywood actor Robert de Niro was weighing in.

The Group of Seven meet over the weekend saw much drama, opening up the possibility of a trade war, but what stole the show on social media were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's eyebrows.

And on Twitter, the hashtag #ThanksCanada was trending with Americans thanking their neighbours to the north for everything from Nanaimo bars to hockey to caring for airline passengers during 9/11.

Trump complained that Trudeau had dissed him during a post-summit press conference in which he said Canada was not about to bow to USA pressure over tariffs. "After many decades, fair and reciprocal Trade will happen!"

Mr. Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new US tariffs. Still, numerous Canadian officials, including Trudeau's spokesperson, noted that he said nothing new or anything that hadn't been discussed with Trump in private.

He further said that throughout the summit, the United States tried negotiating with Trudeau in "good faith", but the Canadian President undermined the United States and its allies.

Brian Mulroney, the former prime minister of Canada, attends a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Canada-U.S. -Mexico relationship, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

In response, Trump lashed out on Twitter after the summit, tweeting: "Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

The summit was seen as an opportunity to overcome disagreements on new tariffs imposed by the United States on imports.

Trudeau has remained upbeat, saying he was hopeful the summit would allow the parties to talk out their differences, but predicted "robust discussions" on trade.

He said: "International co-operation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites". May paid tribute to Mr. Trudeau for "his leadership and skillful chairing" of the G7 and added that the United Kingdom "fully intends to honour the commitments we have made" in the final communiqué.

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