President Donald Trump's disavowal of a joint statement after the Group of Seven meeting was made to avoid looking weak going into the North Korea summit after "sophomoric" comments by Canada's Justin Trudeau, a top aide said.
"My job was to send a signal of strength". "The problem is that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate". "I own that, that was my mistake, my words", he said, according to the Journal and Bloomberg.
"And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt news conference".
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House assault by saying ad hominem attacks were not helpful, that Canada would retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada would always be willing to talk.
The sector, worth $21 billion (US$16.2 billion) in farm and processed dairy shipment sales, is the target of blistering verbal attacks and Twitter posts from Trump who complains that Canada's tariffs, as high as 314 per cent, are unfair to the United States. The ire directed at the prime minister by Trump and his advisors had confused some trade observers since the comments seemed to be just a reiteration of what the prime minister had said previously and not a personal insult.
"I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!", Trump tweeted Saturday evening while en route to Singapore aboard Air Force One.
The U.S. -Canada spat escalated when at a news conference, Trudeau said Canada would take retaliatory measures next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
Trump gave a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore on Tuesday following his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in which the two leaders spoke for several hours.
"I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he "will not be pushed around" by the United States".
"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian Prime Minister push him around", said Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council.
Rounds said he believed there would have to have been a significant "violation of trust" between G7 leaders for Trump to have responded in such a hostile manner.
Trump's extraordinary outburst in recent days appeared aimed at striking a chord with voters who support his "America First" agenda.
Trump discusses the now-famous photo of him sitting cross-armed across from German Chancellor Angela Merkel ("It was reported as sort of nasty both ways), his understanding of Canada's trade surplus with the U.S".