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As Trump attacks, Canada goes to Plan B: same as Plan A

As Trump attacks, Canada goes to Plan B: same as Plan A

Fox News' Shepard Smith mocked President Donald Trump's feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tudeau and the war of the words that followed and said the "U.S. might need a northern wall".

"I have made it very clear to the president that it is something we relish doing but it is something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau told reporters.

How so? Trudeau said at a news conference at the end of a tense Group of Seven summit that USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium were "kind of insulting", because Trump cited national security to erect them. "Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!" he tweeted.

He made the apology - something that former USA ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, among others, was demanding that he do - during a Wall Street Journal event today in Washington.

But the criticism left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped. We preach free trade, to the point of twisting the arms of developing countries to open their markets to our manufactured goods - yet at the same time we erect high barriers against imports of agricultural goods.

A boxing enthusiast who dons his gloves to work off the stress of the job in his rare free time, the Canadian prime minister will have to carefully measure his punches against the USA leader, who publicly accused him of weakness and dishonesty after the meeting of the G7 nations in Quebec at the weekend.

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"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", he said.

Trump, as well as some of his aides, went on the attack this past weekend against the Prime Minister, throwing heavy insults at him after he refused to submit to the President's contentious tariff demands - mainly on steel and aluminum. However instead due to President Trumps harsh remarks this uncalled for clash started. Still, numerous Canadian officials, including Trudeau's spokesperson, noted that he said nothing new or anything that hadn't been discussed with Trump in private.

In a string of angry tweets, Trump said the United States paid "close to the entire cost of Nato" to help protect countries that "rip us off on trade".

He said Trudeau's promise to follow through with tariffs on U.S. goods - a response to Trump's own tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union - would hurt the Canadian economy.

Sometimes described as a "mini-Obama", not least due to his omnipresent smile, Trudeau is clearly far closer in his political alignments to the US Democratic Party than Trump's Republicans.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday in preparation for his meeting with Kim after cutting short his trip to Quebec for the G7 summit, where he met the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the EU. Yet the beauty of it was in the last line: " Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!".