Bashing the leader of one of America's venerable allies, the White House escalated its trade tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism Sunday against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Donald Trump's time.
The verbal volleys by Navarro and Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, picked up where Trump left off Saturday evening with a series of tweets from Air Force One en route to Singapore for his nuclear summit Tuesday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Last week, Canada hit back at the Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion US dollars) worth of USA steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products. 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 ..."
John Brennan, former CIA Director, said that Trump is a temporary aberration, and asked the States' allies to be patient.
Trump said on Twitter Saturday he directed officials not to endorse the communique as a response to comments made by Trudeau at a news conference after Trump left for his meeting in Singapore.
The tweetstorm is the latest fallout from a bad-tempered G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, in which the President found himself at odds with numerous leaders present, largely over his planned tariffs on a range of goods, including steel and aluminum.
"The G7 and continued war of words also increase the likelihood that the 232 steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place, the Mexico/Canadian retaliation tariffs will go live later this summer, and Trump is likely to threaten a counter-retaliation", he said. "Least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally", he said.
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"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", he said, adding Trump "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of this. he is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea".
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he leaves the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. Prior to the president's comments, Trudeau said that all the G7 members were set to sign the communique.
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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.
Following the remarks by Kudlow and Navarro, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is far less confrontational in an effort, perhaps, to dial things down - "In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad-hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".
And Americans are practically apologizing on behalf of their president. "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".
"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". The G-7 also includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.