Addressing reporters in Singapore ahead of Trump's summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo said he was "unconcerned" that Trump's treatment of Canada a close ally boded poorly for his ability to forge peace with a longtime U.S. adversary.
Tensions have been building between the two countries for months, as President Trump has targeted Canada as one of the many countries he sees as giving American the short end of the stick in trade deals.
Before flying to Singapore, Mr. Trump was in Canada for the G-7 summit with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. All seven leaders had worked out a joint statement stressing the importance of a rules-based global trading system. -Canada border. Trudeau told reporters that imposing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".
Donald Trump is embarking for the North Korea negotiations in a slump.
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the G7 Summit.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to United States tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.
The other explanation for Trump's tirade came from Larry Kudlow, the president's top economic adviser.
U.S. President Donald Trump's spat with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows no signs of abetting, with Trump continuing to tweet his annoyance at Trudeau's response to trade tariffs even after landing in Singapore, where he is due to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland first announced "dollar-for-dollar tariffs" against the USA on May 31.
Timeline of trade tensions since the US decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports
Mulroney said the government is right not to trade insults with Trump.
"I've never seen language like this, least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally", Mulroney said.
President Trump unloaded on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week; slamming the "meek and mild" leader after he publicly criticized Trump's decision to slap hefty tariffs on his nation's exports.
If these goods that originate in Canada and are eventually sold there without have been substantially worked upon in the United States are taken into account then Ottawa comes out the victor.
The rumor can be traced to a video of Trudeau's press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.
On his departure from Canada, Mr Trump shattered any semblance of an agreed position between leaders, as he ordered United States officials not to endorse a joint communique.
"To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values", McCain wrote.
"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever summit between a US and North Korean leader.
Despite his own U.S. Trade Representative's office confirming the trade surplus falls more than $8 billion in Washington's favor, Trump has repeatedly insisted that U.S. workers are getting ripped off by NAFTA.
Donald Trump Reveals Larry Kudlow Suffered a Heart Attack
President Trump says his chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow , has suffered a heart attack and is being hospitalized. There was no additional information from the White House or second source, rather it was only Trump's twitter account.