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.
Mr. Trump's tweets taking aim at the leader of a country that has always been a USA ally came after the President left the G7 summit in Canada to travel to Singapore ahead of a planned diplomatic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, CNN reported.
Those tensions boiled over during the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the group of industrialized nations' communique.
The US president, who is in Singapore for a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, tweeted on Monday that America was paying disproportionately more towards the costs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) than fellow members.
A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Canada.
Clearly, Mr. Trump saw things differently. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends". According to Trudeau, he told the president that Canadians may be polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around and that his nation doesn't "relish" putting tariffs on USA goods and services but is willing to do so.
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While airborne, Trump ordered US officials to refuse to sign the traditional end-of-summit communique and tweeted criticism of what he said were Trudeau's "false statements at his news conference". "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures", given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.
There's also a swaggering ego at the centre here: Trump has been talking about how he hasn't needed to prepare for his meeting with Kim and will "know" nearly instantly whether the North Korean is serious about the talks. On Saturday, he called the Canadian prime minister "very dishonest and weak". 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 ..."
On May 31, Trump announced he would remove an exemption on 25 percent tariffs for steel and 10 percent for aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union due to the national security threat posed by the imports of these metals.
"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks. and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to a close ally", Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Sunday.
Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow has accused the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of "stabbing the USA in the back" with his comments at the G7 summit.
French President Emmanuel Macron said "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". "We make commitments and keep them", the presidency said, adding that "France and Europe maintain their support for this (G7) statement".
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a deal signed by Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.
In response to Mr Trump's decision to withhold U.S. support for the summit conclusions, a senior United Kingdom government source said: "We stand by the commitments made in the G7 communique".