Trump adviser apologizes for saying ‘special place in hell’ for Trudeau

Mae Love
June 13, 2018

During an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Trump recounted seeing Trudeau's statement following the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, during which the prime minister promised to fight back against the US's trade restrictions.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro offered the Trump administration's most biting response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week over their tariff dispute.

Deploying distinctly Trumpian nicknames for the Canadian leader, Navarro said: "And that's what Bad Faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

He said Saturday that he's also considering scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement in favor of bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico individually.

Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America's biggest trade partners, including Canada - in particular Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said on CBS' "Face The Nation" that "right now, the President is actually driving our allies away from us as we need them even more, while welcoming in the Russians".

Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore, repeating his criticism of USA trade policies with Canada - he also took aim at Germany - in a multitweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told.

A Trump adviser had suggested Sunday that Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the meeting with Kim.

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday.

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In a pair of tweets , Trump slammed Trudeau for being inconsistent and announced that the USA would not sign the joint statement . Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new us tariffs.

Navarro said on Fox that his words came "straight from Air Force One".

"Very childish and unprofessional behaviour", Gorka said.

President Emmanuel Macron reacted with a statement slamming Mr Trump's behaviour at the summit.

Trump called the prime minister "dishonest" and "weak" on Twitter, and denounced a joint G7 communiqué that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said affirmed a commitment to "rule-based trade order".

Despite the tension between Trump, Europe and Canada, the president has emphasized what he has described as strong relations.

"We finished the meeting, really everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Trump said.

Rolando Pablos, the secretary of state in Texas' Republican administration, brushed off questions over Trump's feud with Canada but stressed the importance of trade.

In response, Canada, Mexico and the European Union said they were putting in place their own retaliatory measures. "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union".

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