Trump trade adviser: Harsh comments against Trudeau were a ‘mistake’

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

Donald Trump's trade adviser is apologizing for saying there's a "special place in hell" for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because of his "bad-faith diplomacy" during the G7 summit in Quebec.

"In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said at a Tuesday conference in Washington hosted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg reported.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, in Washington on Wednesday, promised a "dollar-for-dollar response" to President Donald Trump's trade tariffs and said American businesses and consumers would pay a price for their country's protectionism.

For one thing, Mr. Trump told the world that the USA and Canada were very close to agreement on a sunset clause - which, if true, would have been an embarrassing climb-down for Mr. Trudeau.

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", Navarro said.

"I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something we absolutely will do", he said.

Trudeau has yet to comment on the Trump administration's criticism.

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision to rescind support for the statement was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on USA companies. "It was very friendly", Trump explained the situation Tuesday when asked about the G-7 gathering at a press conference in Singapore following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did.

"I realize it sounds so foolish, but we're dealing with an administration in the United States that really forces your hand". I like him. But he shouldn't have done that.

The back-and-forth between Trump and Trudeau highlights the growing tensions between the U.S. and some the country's closest allies.

All of the countries attending the G7 meeting agreed to a communique showing shared priorities.

She said the tariffs were "a naked example of the United States putting its thumb on the scale in violation of the very rules it helped to write".

"He followed up by asking why the U.S. should "allow countries to continue to make "massive trade surpluses", asserting that it is "not fair to the people of America" and that the USA is suffering under a "$800 billion trade deficit". "And it won't even be tough".

Peter Navarro is President Donald Trump's National Trade Council adviser. Monday afternoon, NDP Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey introduced a motion, which was unanimously adopted in the House, to stand in solidarity with Justin Trudeau, regardless of political stripe.

Mr Kudlow said the President won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around ..."

Tuesday, Trudeau also offered support for Trump.

He says customers looking to buy products are making decisions now based on the current situation, which may disadvantage Canadian producers.

Ambrose said the government needs to consider what more it's willing to put on the NAFTA table, keeping in mind that "what's at stake is just so much bigger than our pride. This is about our economy and millions and millions of jobs".

Jerry Dias the head of Unifor, Canada's largest auto workers union, says the economic impact would be huge. "But if history tells us one thing, it is that no one nation's pre-eminence is eternal".

The minister stayed above the fray on those attacks, but she did not hesitate to repeat Canada's opposition to the tariffs in the bluntest of terms - in particular the use of Section 232 of US trade law to justify the action on national security grounds.

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