Tensions have been building between the two countries for months, as President Trump has targeted Canada as one of the many countries he sees as giving American the short end of the stick in trade deals.
Mr. Trump lashed out at Trudeau on Twitter over the weekend. "And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it", Trump said. He added, "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around". Kudlow said Trump won't let people "take pot shots at him" and that Trudeau "should've known better".
According to 2017 figures, the US imports more goods from Canada than Canada does from the United States.
While on this side of the border there was a rare sign of unity in the House of Commons Monday as Members of Parliament passed an NDP motion denouncing both the trade tariffs and Trump's personal attacks. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did at that stunt press conference". "And that comes right from Air Force One".
Trump's comments after a historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were the president's most extensive on the matter since he tweeted that Trudeau was "very dishonest and weak" and raised the prospect of tariffs against auto imports, a move that would imperil the Canadian economy.
Larry Kudlow, the White House economic adviser, also characterized Trudeau's remarks as a "betrayal".
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarizing" statements on trade policy that risked making the United States leader look weak ahead of the historic summit with Kim.
Mocked for cultural gaffes on a recent trip to India, and slammed by others for his efforts in renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement at Trump's behest, Trudeau has also been attacked by the left-wing for his decision to nationalize an oil pipeline that had bogged down in protest and controversy. "He can't do that".
Neither of them have grounds to present themselves as purist defenders of free trade. Yet the beauty of it was in the last line: " Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!".
Responding to Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G7, turning it back into the G8, May said there had been "good reason" to expel Moscow after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014.
"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" he tweeted.
Ms. May ducked Mr. Corbyn's question and when later asked by Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: "Trudeau or Trump?", she smiled and replied: "I'm not sure what activity he's asking me to undertake with either of them".