Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Navarro voices regret for harsh words about Canadian leader

Navarro voices regret for harsh words about Canadian leader

But after Mr. Trump left the summit he announced he was pulling out of the statement, citing statements by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a post-summer press conference, where Mr. Trudeau said Canada had been "insulted" by Mr. Trump justifying his tariffs on national-security grounds. "In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate". "Obviously, we don't want to be held hostage to these tariffs Donald Trump has arbitrarily put in place, but there are other things that we would like to see in terms of advancing the free trade agenda".

His tweet, shortly after leaving Charlevoix in Quebec, came in response to what he claimed were "false statements" by the summit host, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau. He also said the US had a trade deficit of $17 billion with Canada, though he implied that it might be as large as $100 billion. After leaving the summit early, Trump tweeted he was pulling US support from a joint statement and he accused Trudeau, the summit's host, of being weak and dishonest during a news conference.

Trump called Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" in tweets following the summit on Saturday.

A day before, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also lashed out at Mr Trudeau.

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 USA cited national security as a reason for the tariffs.

Canada is facing penalties of 25 per cent on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, but Ries says there's still hope no tariffs will be imposed.

Navarro was not the only Trump cabinet member to sound off on Trudeau.

"I actually like Justin, you know, I think he's good, I like him, but he shouldn't have done that", Trump said.

President Donald Trump added more fuel to the fight with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He said Trudeau's promise to follow through with tariffs on U.S. goods - a response to Trump's own tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union - would hurt the Canadian economy.

"He (Trump) is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea", Kudlow said.

Trump said on Twitter that he would not sign the communique, calling Trudeau "very dishonest & weak" for his trade criticism.

"Look, countries can not continue to take advantage of us on trade".

"Navarro himself crossed a line, basically telling a leader of a foreign nation that he needs to go to hell.I don't care how mad, how angry you are, you don't treat the head of state of another country like that unless you are getting ready for a military engagement of some kind".

Trump aide Peter Navarro.

Like this: