President Donald Trump is continuing to throw a tantrum over Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments following the G-7 meeting.
Trump issued a statement on Tuesday in which he promised Trudeau’s statements would end up costing Canada “a lot of money.”
“When I got out to the plane, I think that Justin probably didn’t know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions. And I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around? We just shook hands. It was very friendly. … No, I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau. I really did, other than he had a news conference, that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn’t watching. He learned. That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned. You can’t do that. You can’t do that.”
Trump initially called Trudeau’s comments a “dishonest” act. Trudeau’s comments centered around Trump’s lack of understanding when it comes to international trade.
The Canadian Prime Minister initially said Trump’s claims that Canadian steel posed a national security threat were dishonest. “Canadians are polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around,” Trudeau added.
On Saturday evening Trump took issue with the comments and sent out the following tweet:
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
Trump followed through on his tweet by pulling U.S. support for a G-7 communique.
A Special Place In Hell?
The attacks against Canada didn’t end there, on Sunday, economic advisor Larry Kudlow accused Canada of stabbing the U.S. in the back. Appearing on Fox News, trade adviser Peter Navarro said, “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.”
Trump didn’t help matters by attacking pretty much everyone at the summit. “We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries,” he said.
The 45th POTUS went a step further in his attacks against Canada:
“We have a big trade deficit with Canada. … It’s either 17 but could actually be 100 billion. You know they put out a document, I don’t know if you saw it. They didn’t want me to see it, but we found it. Perhaps they were trying to show the power they have. It’s close to $100 billion a year loss with Canada. They don’t take our farm products — many of them.”
The United States has already imposed a 25% steel tariff on imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. He then added a 10% tariff on aluminum imported from those parts of the world.
Trump’s attacks arrive as the United States and Canada renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement alongside Mexico.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s notes that the United States had an $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada in 2017. That number shifts to a $17.5 billion trade deficit when services are excluded.