>> President's barely out of there on the plane to North Korea and he starts insulting us.>> The White House on Sunday went on the attack against an unlikely enemy. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The spark that lit US President Donald Trump's rage against Ottawa. Trudeau's announcement that Canada would impose tariffs of it's own on the United States.
>> As Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.>> Those words too much for the Trump Administration.>> Trudeau decided to attack the President. That's the key point. And yes, if you attack this president, he's gonna fight back.>> Aboard Air Force I on his way to a landmark meeting with the leader of North Korea Trump unloaded on Trudeau for his remarks, calling him very dishonest and weak.
And he went further by pulling his name from a joint communique signed by all the leaders of a G7 summit over the weekend, undercutting two days of top level diplomatic efforts aimed at unity.>> I'm arguing Trudeau picked the fight. President Trump had no alternative in my opinion.
>> White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow on Sunday tried to explain the sudden fraying of one of the longest and most cherished international relationship's in world history.>> Trudeau should have known better. Trump's decision in May to impose tarriffs on steel and aluminum imports on several long time allies Including Canada, shook up Ottawa particularly because Trump cited national security as his justification.
>> And it's kind of insulting.>> Trudeau has long tried to cultivate positive ties with Trump and the first family. But Trump's tariffs have tested the limits of that relationship and the Prime Minister's public response may have been too much for the President to bear.>> My job is to stand up for Canadian workers, Canadian interests, and I will do that without flinching.
>> The diplomatic sparking something of a social media boost for the Canadian leader.>> We may be a small country but we're a great one too.>> Twitter Compared Trudeau's response to actor Hugh Grant's portrayal of a British prime minister who stands up to a lecherous and bullying American president in the 2003 film, Love Actually.
>> Reaction to Trump->> But this drama may have real world consequences for the two nations. The fate of the North America Free Trade Agreement hangs in the balance and Trump has threatened to quit the deal if his terms are not met.