Trump confused by Trudeau's 'pushed around' comment: 'We just shook hands!'

Trump confused by Trudeau's 'pushed around' comment: 'We just shook hands!'

"My job was to send a signal of strength", he said Tuesday at a Wall Street Journal CFO Network conference in Washington. "That was my mistake, those were my words".

"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Mr Trump said.

Donald Trump took offence to that and called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on Twitter for his "false statements".

European Council President Donald Tusk used Navarro's phrasing in a tweet backing Trudeau later Sunday. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said on the "Fox News Sunday" program.

The Trudeau hate began after the Prime Minister held a press conference and told reporters that the new US tariffs on steel and aluminum are "kind of insulting" and that Canada "will not be pushed around".

Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, suggested that Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the summit with Kim. Further, President Donald Trump over the weekend and again on Monday targeted Canada's dairy supply management system, saying Canada's trade practices are harming US farmers. "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".

The only hint of a softening came when Peter Navarro, the White House economic advisor, apologized for saying there was a "special place in hell" for Trudeau.

On Tuesday, Trump said: "We have a big trade deficit with's close to $100 billion a year deal loss".

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A spokeswoman for Trudeau, Eleanore Catenaro, declined to comment on Navarro's acknowledgement of a mistake.

In reality, the United States has a small surplus with Canada when goods and services are considered - $341.2 billion to Canada's $325.9 billion, according to 2016 statistics from the US trade representative.

Trump is heading to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said, echoing Navarro.

"And I said, 'Push him around?'" Trump said, describing his reaction to the press conference. The US president and Mr Trudeau have had a friendly relationship in the past, but tensions over US tariffs have strained the diplomatic partnership. "That's going to cost him a lot of money".

He said, "Yes, absolutely".

Although Trump has repeatedly insisted that US workers have lost out under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the US Trade Representative's office confirmed the trade surplus falls more than $8 billion in Washington's favor.

The insults stemmed from a closing G7 press conference on Saturday in which Trudeau called U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs. Let us know what you think by voting in the poll above and sharing your thoughts in the comment section below.