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14 June 2018, 05:09 | Taylor George

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel center details policy to US President Donald Trump seated at right during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie Quebec Canada on Saturday

President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participate in the working session at the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

If Donald Trump was counting on Justin Trudeau to bend to United States trade demands after a series of verbal attacks on the Canadian prime minister, it's not working so far.

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", Navarro said.

But will it? Trump is ready to punish the people of Canada because of Trudeau's nasty words towards the US president after the G7 summit.

"Very dishonest and weak", he said.

The minister stayed above the fray on those attacks, but she did not hesitate to repeat Canada's opposition to the tariffs in the bluntest of terms - in particular the use of Section 232 of USA trade law to justify the action on national security grounds. Many Republicans are reluctant to pick a fight with Trump over trade right now as he seeks better deals with China and a slew of USA allies.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the USA decision to slap tariffs against Canada on national security grounds was "absurd" and that her country was moving forward "more in sorrow than in anger" with retaliatory tariffs.

"Canada has therefore announced, truly more in sorrow than in anger, announced a perfectly reciprocal, measured, dollar for dollar retaliation response" that will come into effect July 1, Freeland said, before adding that "we really are confident that at the end of the day common sense will prevail". European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "There is a special place in heaven" for Trudeau.

"In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said.

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Trudeau, Trump told ABC News, "shouldn't have done that".

"We've had American tariffs that have been put in overnight, Mr. Speaker. He learned, that's going to cost a lot of money to the people of Canada".

Trudeau has declined to directly respond to Trump's criticism of him.

On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau.

Still, winning the public relations war may not be enough for Trudeau to avoid additional USA trade penalties. Giving Justin Trudeau a rhetorical wedgie has the opposite effect and sends the exact opposite message.

The Montreal Times has received several e-mails from United States citizens living both in the United States and in Canada regarding President Trump's actions.

"I don't care how mad, how angry you are, you don't treat the head of state of another country like that unless you are getting ready for a military engagement of some kind", he said.

As well, she said the government should accelerate work on its Plan B in the event that Trump blows up NAFTA or follows through on threats to impose tariffs on autos and auto parts - a move Ambrose said would be devastating to Canada's economy.

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