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

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Top White House officials ratcheted up their attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sunday, accusing him of a "betrayal" and saying there was a "special place in hell" for leaders who cross President Donald Trump, a day after Trudeau's remarks at a news conference led Trump to withdraw support of a Group of 7 agreement with allies.

Senior U.S. policymakers such as House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan have raised concerns with the White House about fellow Republican Trump's trade policies, most recently the decision to impose the steel and aluminum tariffs.

In the brief photo opportunity that started their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the fractious G7 summit, Trump followed Trudeau's diplomatic introduction by joking that Trudeau had backed down on retaliatory tariffs. Trump refused to sign a previously-negotiated joint statement written by all seven countries, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to say in a statement Sunday that "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks ..."

Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer in his home state of Arizona, called out the President in a tweet Saturday for not siding with USA allies at the summit. In that news conference, Trump backtracked on the progress that was reportedly made behind the scenes and "promptly appeared to reject even the ideas on trade embodied in the communiqué he had agreed to", per The Star.

Trump responded to the Canadian prime minster's news conference by tweeting that because of Trudeau's statement, he would not sign the communique that the G-7 nations had drafted at the summit.

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"Not only was Trump reluctant to go to the G7, but he also came with demands that include bringing Russian Federation back into the G7, which was nearly in itself a provocation".

Trump was reacting to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said Saturday that Canada would retaliate for Trump's proposed new tariffs.

In response to initial tweets critical of her country and prime minister, Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her nation "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks". CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday asked Larry Kudlow, the president's chief economic adviser, "What did [Trudeau] say that was so offensive?" Trudeau's team defended his actions on Saturday by claiming that he had been completely consistent with Trump during the summit. "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements. "Let's be serious", the French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added.

Responding to the prime minister, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded the G7 summit a "failure" as he piled the blame on the USA president.

Trudeau's office said the prime minister had been consistent and level with Trump during the summit.

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"Look, as a guy that believes in heaven and hell, I would never use those terms ever", he told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour" on Monday.

He also suggested something more nefarious may have been afoot when Navarro made the comments. "I think we're in a hard place now, I'd like to see this thing settle down". "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world. He tweeted hours later that he had instructed US representatives not to endorse the G7 joint communique "based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our USA farmers, workers and companies".

G7 includes the seven leading industrialized countries of Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

"This week started with @realDonaldTrump boosting a Chinese company identified as a national security threat to the U.S. It ended with him standing up for Russian Federation and alienating our allies at the G7".

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