Facing off with Trump, Justin Trudeau dons the cape of 'Captain Canada'

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Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was trying to calm the trade waters roiled by a dispute between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the G7 summit, comparing the tempest to a "serious summer squall".

Describing the United States tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on United States goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war.

Trudeau said at the press conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the United States. And I say, 'Push him around?

Canada last week announced retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6 billion ($12.8 billion) worth of US exports and said it will challenge USA steel and aluminum tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization.

President Trump is taking it personally, expressing his outrage and insulting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter.

Trump said the global leaders left the G-7 meeting in good spirits, and said he had agreed to sign the meeting's summary document.

Listen above to hear what kind of impact these retaliatory tariffs might have on the US, why George says the tariffs will "hurt both sides", and how the global bridge between MI and Canada fits into the countries' trad relationship.

Trudeau said the Liberal government looks forward to the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday's historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Now, Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on the auto sector, which further indicates that he has no idea how global trade works.

Spokesman Cameron Ahmad said on Saturday night that Mr Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Mr Trump.

He 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".

The prime minister has kept a low profile since Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" and withdrew support for a Group of Seven communique reached at the summit Trudeau hosted in Quebec on Saturday.

Trump went on to say that the United States gets "unfairly clobbered" on trade despite "protecting Europe at great financial loss". And add to that the fact that the USA pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!). Though the image appeared to speak to the tension between the leaders, Trump said it was captured during a discussion that was "unrelated to anything".

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks". "We're the closest partners in the world, and you don't want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything". "This, I've never seen before".

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