Trump's trade adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has 'special place in hell'

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

The UK intends to honour the commitments it signed up to at the meeting in Canada, even after USA president Donald Trump angrily rejected them in an end-of-summit tweet, the prime minister added. And I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around?

"My mission was to send a strong signal of strength", Mr Navarro said at the event.

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Freeland said.

Peter Navarro, the director of the White House National Trade Council, took the attacks a step further.

Canada reacted coolly to the apology, with Mr Trudeau declining to answer when reporters asked him whether he accepted it.

"Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", said Trudeau.

In a pair of tweets, Trump lashed out at his G-7 host, accusing its leader of being dishonest and weak and contending that Canada had taken advantage of USA interests.

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".


His anger appears to have been sparked by a news conference Mr Trudeau gave after the summit, in which he described as "insulting" the way the U.S. cited national security as a reason for the tariffs.

But when Trudeau said Canada would be forced to retaliate for USA tariffs on steel and aluminum and would not agree to a sunset provision in a new North American Free Trade Agreement, "he really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Trump said.

Trump said that he watched Trudeau's press conference aboard Air Force One and was stunned.

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 USA trade policy and said Canada would "move forward with retaliatory measures" in response to Trump's move to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel.

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

Mr. Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest & weak" for his objections to the USA tariffs. You know they put out a document, I don't know if you saw it.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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