Imagine throwing a $600-million party and one of the guests leaves in a huff and then Twitter-trashes you all across the Pacific Ocean.
That’s what happened to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he hosted the recent G7 extravaganza and was subsequently attacked by U.S. President Donald Trump.
But this isn’t the first of Trudeau’s trade missteps. He went to China and got the cold shoulder from Xi Jinping for a free trade deal, after snubbing Japan and its Trans-Pacific Partnership by missing a signing ceremony.
Trudeau’s trifecta, and Trump’s attack, was all the talk at a conference in Montreal attended by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has also been Twitter-trashed by Trump.
I asked Rosenstein what he thought Trudeau should do next. After a few seconds, he said merely: “Cut a deal.” He’s right. Trudeau must find a back channel to fix this — and soon. Retaliation is not an option because Canada has no leverage.