US President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets yesterday venting anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union (EU) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive Group of Seven (G-7) meeting over the weekend.
"They come upon you abruptly and they dissipate just as quickly", he said Monday. Does anybody believe that makes sense?
On Sunday's CNN's "State of the Union", Kudlow called Trudeau's criticism of USA tariffs "non-factual", adding that Canada had "enormous tariffs" on us imports. Mulroney began working with Trudeau a year ago.
The foreign affairs minister spoke to reporters in Ottawa and offered a markedly different tone from the attacks lobbed at Canada, one of the United States' closest allies, this weekend by President Trump and other members of his administration.
"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said.
"We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the prime minister and the people of Canada", said Doug Ford, the newly-elected anti-tax premier of Ontario and brother to the late crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.
"So at this summit, we expressed deep disappointment at the unjustified decision of the United States to apply tariffs to steel and aluminum imports". Pre-summit reports from the White House suggested that the president even considered skipping the summit altogether.
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The Americans' criticism of Trudeau left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped.
While making no direct criticism of Mr Trump, Mrs May told MPs: "This was a hard summit with, at times, some very candid discussions, but the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face". She said: 'This was a hard summit, with at times some very candid discussions.
In a string of angry tweets, Trump said the USA paid "close to the entire cost of Nato" to help protect countries that "rip us off on trade".
"What I saw Prime Minister Trudeau say was, I thought, fairly benign and certainly didn't warrant any attack".
The president concluded his tweetstorm by saying, "Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore".
Senior officials of the Trump administration piled on the smears.
On CNN's State of the Union, Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow labeled Trudeau as "polarizing", "sophomoric", "deceptive", and "amateurish".
"I've never seen language like this, least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally", Mulroney said.