Donald Trump took to Twitter to threaten to cut trade links with Canada before hitting the golf course as politicians gathered in Washington for the funeral of John McCain.
Senator McCain died last Saturday following a battle with brain cancer and had previously said he did not wish for the president to attend his funeral.
While former U.S. presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush attended the service he was banned from, Trump old Canada it 'will be out' of a revised North American trade agreement unless it's 'fair' to the United States, and he threatened to scrap the current deal should Congress 'interfere' with the negotiations.
'There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal,' Trump said in one of a series of tweets as he visited his Virginia golf club.
Donald Trump pictured at the Trump National Golf Club during the funeral of John McCain
It’s not clear whether the Trump administration has the authority to strike a deal with just Mexico, as it announced Monday, and exclude Canada.
Congress must approve any rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed during under President Bill Clinton, and might refuse to endorse a deal that leaves longtime ally Canada on the sidelines.
Talks to keep Canada in the trade bloc are to resume this coming week as Washington and Ottawa try to break a deadlock over issues such as Canada’s dairy market and U.S. efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.
Trump threatened to cut trade ties with Canada as his predecessors paid tribute to John McCain
He said any agreements must be fair to the US or Canada would not be included
The talks had taken an odd turn for the worse Friday over news that Trump had told Bloomberg News that he wasn’t willing to make any concessions to Canada.
The 24-year-old NAFTA tore down most trade barriers dividing the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Trade between the three countries surged. But many manufacturers responded to the agreement by moving factories south of the border to take advantage of low Mexican wages, then shipping goods north to the United States and Canada.
Trump has charged that the deal wiped out American factory jobs. He has pledged to negotiate a better deal or withdraw from NAFTA altogether.
Meghan's blistering eulogy took Trump's election slogan and accused him of 'cheap rhetoric' about greatness
As the president bombarded social media Meghan McCain gave a moving tribute to her father in which paid tribute to 'American greatness' making light of Trump's election slogan 'Make America Great again'.
'He was a great man,' Meghan McCain said at the Washington National Cathedral.
'We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.'
Trump's motorcade was at the Trump National Golf Club while former presidents paid tribute at John McCain's funeral
Trump, who has feuded publicly with McCain and mocked his military service, received five deferments that got him out of serving in the military.
The president did not attend Saturday's service and spent the morning sending tweets on other subjects.
Trump took to Twitter where he posted a series of messages as the funeral of McCain took place in Washington
Trump's feud with McCain strayed beyond the boundaries of politics, and many consider it to have began with the president's comments about McCain's spell as a prisoner of war.
'He's not a war hero,' said Trump in 2015. 'He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.'
In a nod to McCain's military service his body, which had lain in state at the U.S. Capitol, arrived at the Washington National Cathedral after his motorcade first stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where his wife, Cindy McCain, laid a wreath to honor those who died in the war.
His messages ranged from the Department of Justice and FBI to trade agreements
McCain, who rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy, was shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing mission in 1967.
Held as a prisoner until 1973, McCain was tortured by his North Vietnamese captors in a jail that Americans dubbed the 'Hanoi Hilton.'
The feud peaked with McCain eventually crossing party lines to derail the Republican plan to stop the affordable care act, when in July 2017 he chose to vote against the White House-backed skinny repeal of Obamacare.
The move jarred with Trump who brought that thumbs down vote up in many speeches since, slamming the senator's actions.
Trump accused Clinton of spying on him as she paid tribute to McCain
Despite Trump being barred from the service top members of his administration including his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton were present at the solemn cathedral service.
As Obama and Hillary Clinton paid tribute Trump renewed accusations he was spied on by the Democratic election campaign in the run up to the 2016 vote.
Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner attended McCain's funeral
Following McCain's death on August 25 Trump posted a tribute but did not mention McCain or his achievements, instead offering his support to his family.
He said: 'My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!'