Trump's feud with Justin Trudeau looks like a stunt

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs that the G7 had been

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Fox News interview Sunday, saying there was a "special place in hell" for Trudeau and any foreign leader who engaged in "bad-faith diplomacy" with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland heads to Washington on Wednesday, where she will meet with the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

And it's this over-the-top BS rhetoric that has become commonplace within the Trump administration and Navarro is one of those people who will say anything to appease his boss. "Using that type of language is not professional, it's not called for, and I tell you, I was deeply disappointed to see this lack of professionalism on his part". "Least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally", he said. "Nor has anybody else".

Trudeau said at the news conference that while the G-7 meeting was "very successful", Canada could impose retaliatory tariffs on USA products.

But before the group could sign off on a joint statement of agreement on trade talks, Trump's advisers reportedly insisted that the USA would not agree to two key points in the statement related to the environment.

At his closing G7 news conference, Trudeau once again refers to the national-security premise behind the tariffs as "kind of insulting" and then explains Canada's retaliation - "I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

But the response by USA lawmakers, business executives and officials falls short of the concerted and effective nationwide pressure campaign Canadian officials had hoped would be launched if a major threat developed.

Trump engaged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a war of words and promised to continue recent trade protectionism.

Navarro said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

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President Trump unloaded on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week; slamming the "meek and mild" leader after he publicly criticized Trump's decision to slap hefty tariffs on his nation's exports. And while she joined with Mr. Trudeau and other European leaders in opposing the USA decision to slap import tariffs on steel and aluminum, she urged continued dialogue.

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Trudeau has not reacted to the comments. "We need to avoid a continued tit-for-tat escalation", she said.

Those tensions boiled over on Saturday, with Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the the G7 communique, a negotiated statement on shared priorities among the group.

The G7 groups the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump said.

While Trump also presented the idea that the member countries should drop off tariffs and trade barriers, he also reportedly complained to the other leaders about their trade policies and said the United States would continue with tariffs absent concessions.

"He made an error", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union". "On the contrary, as part of the USA law, we are part of the national defense base of the United States".

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