Donald Trump took this weekend to try to hurt the relationship between U.S. allies, or at least that’s what it seemed like. Now, the White House is trying to quietly fix the tensions Trump created between the U.S. and Canada while the president is in Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to a new report.
Following his meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister at the G7, Trump lashed out at Justin Trudeau. The U.S. president trashed Trudeau’s “false statements” and described the Canadian leader as “dishonest and weak.”
But Trump wasn’t the only one in his administration to attack Trudeau. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro appeared on Fox News on Sunday where he continued the attack.
“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump,” Navarro insisted. “And then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. And that’s what bad faith Justin Trudeau did at that stunt press conference.”
Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow also blasted the Canadian leader, labelling him as “polarizing,” “sophomoric,” “deceptive,” and “amateurish.”
Now, according to Politico, the Trump administration is in “damage control” over the president’s splintered alliance with Canada.
Politico reported: “the Department of Agriculture announced Monday that Secretary Sonny Perdue would head to Canada later this week to meet with his counterpart, Lawrence MacAulay.”
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer also tried to fix the relationship by speaking with his counterpart, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, on Sunday evening to discuss the NAFTA renegotiation. According to her spokesperson, the phone call was “productive and cordial.”