Trump aide apologizes for 'inappropriate' comments on Trudeau

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

"But actually we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very friendly".

Importantly, it was Mr. Trump who delivered a barn-burner news conference, hours before Mr. Trudeau's. And, if I may quote the words of the great Bear Bryant, "when you make a mistake you should admit it, learn from it, don't repeat it". "You can't do that".

At a news conference in Singapore, the president said Trudeau only made his comments about not being bullied because he thought Trump was on an airplane and would not hear about them.

The House of Commons passed a unanimous motion Monday backing Trudeau's stand against the USA and it castigated Trump for his attacks on the prime minister and Canada.

Some of Trump's aides also lashed out at the Canadian prime minister.

"We're the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", he said.

Canada's prime minister earned Trump's ire by giving a press conference, after the USA president left La Malbaie, in which he spoke critically of United States trade policy and said Canada would "move forward with retaliatory measures" in response to Trump's move to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel.

One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.

"The president, coming late, stands before the cameras and says, "Why don't we add Russian Federation to the group".

Trump advisers also took up the attack in appearances on Sunday's news shows, leveling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Mr Navarro said: "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J Trump". "We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", he said. "$800 billion trade deficit", he tweeted on Monday. "If anything, I think you are our best friends, but there's some tension in the relationship and that can sometimes happen even among brothers and family members". Dairy farmers, who number about 11,000, have an outsized influence in Canadian politics, being concentrated in the vote-rich provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

"We are aware that an investigation on autos under section 232 has been initiated", Freeland said referring to the same process that eventually led to the Trump administration imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, citing "national security" grounds. The relationship between the two leaders appears to have soured since comments were made regarding US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum imports.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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