President Trump's hardline trade adviser Peter Navarro on Tuesday backed off from his over-the-top attack on Justin Trudeau, in which he said there was "a special place in hell" for the Canadian PM for daring to criticize the president's policies.
But Trudeau's Office said in a statement that the Canadian prime minister has been consistent with Trump both in public and private conversations.
"When we are criticized about some of our policies, one needs to look at the degree to which the U.S. and other countries both subsidize their agricultural industry and put up non-tariff barriers", David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the United States, said past year.
"Justin probably didn't know that Air Force has about 20 televisions", Trump said.
Trump and Kim shook hands and posed for photos before their almost 40-minute one-on-one conversation behind closed doors.
An escalating clash over trade between Washington and some of its closest global partners had loomed over Trump's historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. "And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference". "He learned, that's going to cost a lot of money to the people of Canada". He learned. You can't do that.
The President said he had told fellow G7 nations that the United States requires fair market access and end to unfair trading practices.
Mr Trump also explained the photo that went viral from the G-7 summit.
The feud escalated on Friday and Saturday as Trump called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G-7, a group of leading industrialized nations, and declared after he left the summit that the us would not endorse a joint communique issued by the group.
The United States has already imposed a 25% steel tariff on imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.
Navarro's willingness to walk back his outburst marked a departure from the Trump administration's never-say-you're-sorry approach to political crises.
Proponents of the system as it stands say it protects Canadian dairy, egg and chicken farmers from damaging price fluctuations in a manner that's comparable to the way other countries support their agricultural sectors with subsidies. So far, numerous tariffs under discussion have been threatened but not yet implemented. Improved genetics and farm management techniques mean that cows produce far more milk than they used to.
The minister stayed above the fray on those attacks, but she did not hesitate to repeat Canada's opposition in the bluntest of terms - in particular the use of Section 232 of US trade law to justify the action on national security grounds.
No, if Mr. Trump really was as offended as he makes out, it wasn't caused by a Canadian failure to realize that American eyes are watching.
The United States maintains a largely free and fair trading relationship with Canada.