Trump's trade adviser apologises for comments on Trudeau

Lloyd Doyle
June 13, 2018

Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, echoed Navarro during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, saying that Trudeau's comments amounted to a "betrayal". "We will act too", Merkel said.

"We will continue to conduct our diplomacy the Canadian way, that is, being positive and constructive and firm in defending the interests of our diplomacy it doesn't really matter about personal feelings and personal comments", said Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne when asked about the apology.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has paid tribute to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's leadership after a G7 summit which she described as "difficult".

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea".

Ries says that strong stance could help more Americans realize they don't want a trade war with Canada. Significant foreign investment in Canada is also linked to its access to the U.S. market.

Kudlow said the USA participated in G7 talks and bilateral talks on NAFTA in good faith and that Trump had been "charming".

The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion Monday rejecting "disparaging ad hominem statements by US officials", taking aim at Mr. Trump and his advisers for tearing into Mr. Trudeau beginning moments after the president departed the G-7 summit on Saturday.

Trump unleashed a Twitter harangue about Trudeau after departing the G7 summit in Quebec on Saturday, miffed that the Canadian prime minister had reiterated during a closing news conference that Canada intends to impose counter-tariffs on some American goods in retaliation for "insulting" tariffs imposed by Trump against Canadian steel and aluminum imports - which the president has justified on national security grounds.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro's disparaging remarks about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were out of line and should merit an apology, conservative commentator Michael Reagan said.

"I have made it clear to the president that [imposing retaliatory tariffs] is not something we relish doing, but it's something that we absolutely will do".

All lawmakers gave a standing ovation for the government's response to the Trump administration's verbal attacks on Trudeau.

Prime Minister Trudeau on the other hand, did not balk at the statements but instead remained professional and mature - which is to be expected from a leader of one of the most respected and democratic countries in the world.

The public sniping at a sitting leader of state by White House aides shocked some veteran diplomats. "Not unusual to argue with allies".

"It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country", Trump said Tuesday in Singapore. The negotiations will either be bilateral or trilateral with Mexico, he said.

Smith further said Trump's latest attitude towards Trudeau isn't a new thing and he has "been kicking allies in the teeth his whole presidency". "Who picked the fight?" And I said, 'What's this all about?

Given the confusion, we should not take for granted that traditional USA allies will continue to stand with us.

"Not to sign a statement of solidarity, which stands for everything that we stand for, is a big mistake", Feinstein said.

"I'm very proud of how, not only of our government but also opposition parties and premiers, business communities and civil society have all piled in on the same side in trying to negotiate a very hard situation".

How should Trudeau respond to the White House's insults?

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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