Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forcefully responded to Donald Trump's trade threats at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, vowing Saturday that Canada won't be "pushed around" in a confrontation with the U.S.
Following Trudeau's comments regarding the communique, the Canadian leader said "strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically American tariffs" took placed at the G-7 meeting. Later, the document was made public.
The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night - including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being "indignant".
The President said he had told fellow G7 nations that the United States requires fair market access and end to unfair trading practices.
In her own tweet, Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Trudeau is handling what she calls Trump's outbursts and bullying as well as anyone, and that all Canadian leaders need to support the prime minister.
Trump's salvo capped a dizzying two days of controversies that began with his suggestion Russian Federation be readmitted to the G7, then what a French official described as a "rant" full of "recriminations" against US trading partners, followed by Trump's denial of any contention with leaders at the summit and his description of their relationship as a "10".More news: 'The Band's Visit' and 'Harry Potter' win big at Tonys
He also announced over Twitter he'd instructed USA officials to not endorse the statement, which serves as a declaration and recap of what was decided in the meeting.
Trump's comments on Saturday came shortly after Trudeau, who was hosting the G-7 meeting in Canada, had projected an image of cooperation. Trump tweeted Friday. "Canada charges the US a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"
Such a move could make it almost impossible to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 NAFTA pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The war of words between Trudeau and Trump escalated after the USA president left the meeting early.
"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump told reporters in a short but stern remark.More news: Vienna possible venue for Trump-Putin summit
Another posting says he is looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with the G7 countries.
Trump's rejection of the global climate accord and Iran nuclear deal, supported by the European Union and Canada is going to be another flashpoint in the increasingly acrimonious relationship between Washington and its Western allies. "That's a very profitable answer if we have to do it", he said at a press conference.
"We will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires automatically every five years". The rules of the World Trade Organization do allow Canada's punishing tariffs on dairy and the EU's on autos.
The pair have been at odds over whether a sunset clause would be included into any renegotiated trade agreement covering the US, Canada and Mexico, with Mr Trudeau insisting no sunset clause would be included and Mr Trump saying hours earlier that negotiators were "pretty close on the sunset provision". "Tariffs will come way down". Trump said in Washington as he was departing for the summit in Canada.
But Trudeau later contradicted the president: "We will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires every five years".More news: Aletta weakens to Category 3 hurricane