Trudeau has declined to directly respond to Trump's criticism of him.
The Star's story continues with this: "Trump repeated the vague threat in an interview with ABC".
By throwing Canada under the bus - with language we rarely use about our actual adversaries - Trump and his subalterns were sending a message of American weakness, not strength.
Trump heard the remarks as he flew in Air Force One to his summit in Singapore with North Korea's Kim Jong Un and withdrew from a statement issued by the G7 on trade.
Canada's prime minister earned Trump's ire by giving a press conference, after the United States president left La Malbaie, in which he spoke critically of U.S. trade policy and said Canada would "move forward with retaliatory measures" in response to Trump's move to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel.
In Singapore on Tuesday, Trump was firmly unapologetic. "To my friends in Canada, that was one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history". Trump lashed out at his Canadian host over milk tariffs, which account for 0.2 percent of U.S.
Freeland's visit is part of a broader Canadian effort to underscore the importance of the US-Canada relationship and particularly their trade ties - an effort that began even before Trump took office.
A frustrated Corker said after the meeting it was clear "we've damaged relations" with Canada.
On Wednesday, it was officially confirmed that the United Bid, which includes Canada, Mexico, and the USA, would be hosting the FIFA World Cup 2026. "I was riding where, oh, it's actually a surplus". Giving Justin Trudeau a rhetorical wedgie has the opposite effect and sends the exact opposite message. And I said, 'What's this all about? He learned. That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. Under his administration, the USA has already clobbered its top export market on trade, running a $2.7 billion surplus, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. "I've had a good relationship with Justin".
"We will continue to conduct our diplomacy the Canadian way, that is, being positive and constructive and firm in defending the interests of our industries ... in diplomacy it doesn't really matter about personal feelings and personal comments", Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said when asked about the apology. We look forward to looking at the details of the agreement.