Amid the attempt to renegotiate the deal, Trudeau had said he canceled a scheduled meeting with Trump in Washington because of a disagreement over a proposed clause. Snub often begets snub, and now Trump says he’s rejected Trudeau in turn.
In a moment captured on camera that one reporter described as “awkward,”Trudeau went up to shake Trump’s hand at the UN and the two exchanged very brief words before the Canadian leader moved aside. After media outlets dubbed it a sign of “simmering tensions” and “lingering resentment,” Trudeau played down the encounter, telling the press he and Trump talk regularly. “It was an interaction like so many are at the UN, quick but cordial. There are all sorts of opportunities for me to speak with President Trump, and that was not the time.”