Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau

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Lawmakers gave unanimous consent for a motion backing Canadian steel and aluminum, hit by US tariffs, as well as the supply management system that supports key agriculture sectors, and gave a standing ovation for the government's response to the Trump administration's verbal attacks on Trudeau.

"The communique was agreed by all the parties who attended the G7 and we fully intend to honour it", the spokesman said.

Earlier on Sunday, Mr Trudeau, who hosted this year's G7 summit, bore the brunt of an attack from President Trump, who took exception to certain statements the Canadian Prime Minister made on tariffs.

For good measure, Trump sent out more tweets the morning of June 8 before his arrival in Quebec - "Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"

The blowup drew rebukes from nearly every other member of the G7 - a group containing the United States, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan - and raised the possibility for more back-and-forth trade restrictions.

The G7 meeting was expected to be tense after Trump's decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. But the diplomatic fireworks ended up even more spectacular than anticipated.

May 25 - Trump reportedly quips to Trudeau, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" after Trudeau protests the USA invoking "national security" as its reason for imposing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

At his closing G7 news conference, Trudeau once again refers to the national-security premise behind the tariffs as "kind of insulting" and then explains Canada's retaliation - "I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that "There is a special place in heaven for Justin Trudeau".

Trump wasn't alone in attacking Canada: Two of the president's highest-ranking economic advisers also joined in.

"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference...that's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One".

- White House trade advisor Peter Navarro ups the ante, telling Fox News that there's a "special place in hell" for Trudeau, who he accuses of engaging in "bad-faith diplomacy" with Trump.

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Krueger said the strong words most likely reflected the president's thinking.

What Navarro is saying is, oh well, Trump did everyone a favour by coming to Quebec and the G7.

Figures that Trump cites in his tweets have often been found to be incorrect or misleading.

Their imposition would provoke immediate retaliatory moves by Canada but the government knows that even this might not deter a president who former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden said Sunday is "unstable, erratic and thin-skinned".

Some 75 per cent of Canadian exports go to the U.S., making Canada uniquely vulnerable to a USA trade war.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", he said in a statement.

Seems like a pretty standard, fair political rhetoric, but somehow Trump has taken this as a stab in the back. "That's what matters", Trudeau tweeted.

Canada's Consul General said the tariffs are the last thing his country wants to impose on Minnesota businesses.

"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

Trump has ordered a national security investigation into autos, which is due to report next February, with public hearings this July. More measures could be in the pipeline.

Trudeau has so far not commented on Trump's tirade.

The US leader is at loggerheads with the rest of the G7 over his controversial 25 per cent steel tariffs. "Petulance is an attitude not a policy".

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