U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were all jokes and smiles for the media as they met at the Group of Seven leaders summit in Quebec on Friday, but neither budged on the serious trade dispute between them.
Numerous G7 leaders have been angered by the Trump administration's harsh tariffs on steel and aluminum on national security grounds and the USA leader's shocking claim that Russian Federation - which was kicked out of what was then the G8 in 2014 after its seizure of Crimea - should be permitted to rejoin.
"Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau had told reporters as he reiterated that Canada would retaliate against USA tariffs on steel and aluminium, adding Trump's rationale had been insulting.
He continued: "What we did this weekend was come together and roll up our sleeves and figure out consensus language that we could all agree to on a broad range of issues".
"We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States", she said.
Trudeau's office responded to Trump's tweets in a statement Saturday evening, saying Trudeau had been upfront with the president about his criticisms.
Trump took the action on the grounds that weak domestic industries could affect US national security.
The president says the United States is "pretty close" to an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.
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Trump said that retaliation is a "mistake", according to Trudeau.
"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President".
Even for a presidency as capricious as Trump's, his action marked a new blurring of lines between his personal feelings towards other leaders, and U.S. government policy.
Trump threatened to impose even more tariffs against those countries if they did not take down their barriers to U.S. trade.
French leader Emmanuel Macron stressed however that the USA was no longer the sole economic superpower in the world and urged other industrialised countries to stick together. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the US president tweeted.
Trump insisted United States allies would yield to his demands of a trade rebalance, warning that the United States would crush any opposition in a potential trade war. "So we are going in with a really positive spirit". The statement had been published online before Trump commented.
"Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!" They could also damage Japan and Germany.
Senior figures, including Trump, suggested that some kind of joint statement on the need to jointly re-examine commercial relationships might be found before their summit ends on Saturday.