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Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2018, 02:05

U.S. President Donald Trump's blistering attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has driven bilateral relations to their lowest point in decades and left Ottawa with few options for averting a trade war with its much bigger neighbor.

Officials have stressed the two countries' extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 US states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbor. "Using that type of language is not professional, it's not called for, and I tell you, I was deeply disappointed to see this lack of professionalism on his part". "We have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal". "Nor has anybody else".

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.

Senator Susan Collins came to Canada's defense amid a renewed attack by Donald Trump on Sunday night, citing her state's close relationship with the country. "Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%", he wrote in the first of five tweets relating to the weekend's summit. Before Trudeau can respond, Trump jumps in, saying, "No, he's happy".

White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday" that "there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door". "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

Trump was travelling from North America to Asia when he withdrew from a Group of Seven economic statement and insulted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak".

"We used to be a nation that was unbelievably cash flow oriented and had no debt of any effect", he said. In fact, Kudlow suggested in his appearance on CNN that Trump's anger at Trudeau is an act for an audience of one: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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This is what Larry Kudlow believes, that somehow Trudeau, by sticking up for his own country, has undermined the negotiations between Trump and Kim.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Trump slammed Trudeau for acting "very dishonest & weak" at the Quebec meeting and announced that the USA will not sign the G7 traditional joint communique.

Paul Frazer, a former Canadian diplomat who is now a Washington consultant, said Ottawa's measured response to the comments from what he called Trump's "henchmen" struck the necessary tone. From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".

Trudeau has not reacted to the comments.

The G7 groups the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada.

While Trump also presented the idea that the member countries should drop off tariffs and trade barriers, he also reportedly complained to the other leaders about their trade policies and said the U.S. would continue with tariffs absent concessions. "That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable".

The U.K. and USA continue to enjoy a special relationship, she said, which means that "when we disagree with the United States, and with the President, we're able to tell them".