A look at the events leading up to Canada vs. USA battle

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Trump announced on Twitter he had made the decision following comments from Trudeau that Canada would move ahead with imposing retaliatory measures on the U.S. in response to newly imposed tariffs imposed by the USA on aluminum and steel.

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!).

"Stay calm, keep moving forward, be the adult and come back with meaningful and substantive policies at the table that makes sense to arrive at an appropriate NAFTA outcome".

Trudeau said at a news conference Saturday that he was disappointed in the Trump administration's action to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

The objective of the list first published Sunday is to inform consumers where they can hurt Trump in the pocketbook.

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City.

Canada's limited options mean "there is no magical Plan B", said University of Ottawa worldwide affairs professor Patrick Leblond. "They do this WAY better than the United States gov't, and I am forever grateful", she tweeted.

Members of Trump's inner circle continued the attacks, with both chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow - who said that Trudeau had "stabbed us in the back" - and Peter Navarro, Trump's trade adviser, directing a series of stinging comments at the Canadian leader.

In his news conference, Mr Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

So there you have it. Justin Trudeau's eyebrows are just fine, thanks.

"Very dishonest & weak", Trump tweeted from Air Force One.

The accusation of backstabbing does not comport with Trudeau's overall message, which was mild and echoed some of his previous statements.

Trudeau had announced that the G7 members - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the US - had agreed upon a joint communiqué, or formal statement, after a hard week on trade issues. "The only people capable of persuading Trump to stop this are in the United States, but they have not hit anything like top gear", said one person close to the matter. The prime minister said in comments reported by CTV: "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around". "[Trudeau] can't put Trump in a position of being weak going into the North Korean talks with Kim".

TAPPER: So, this was about North Korea?

KUDLOW: Of course it was, in large part, absolutely. "One thing leads to another".

"It seems to me that this is the wrong target and, from what I understand of American public opinion, I don't think even Trump supporters think the Canadian trade relationship is the problem".

KUDLOW: They are all related. We are like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends, and two, specific threats that it has to stop or we will stop trading with them, "them" being people that don't align their trade practices with USA interests, and warning that if you retaliate against steel and aluminum tariffs, you'll be making a mistake. We did our work.

"I do believe that the president and his team are purposeful in destroying and dismantling kind of our western alliance allies at the G7", Heyman said.

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