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

White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM

White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM

Navarro had told Fox News on Sunday that there was a "special place in hell" for the Canadian prime minister that "engages in bad-faith diplomacy" with U.S. President Donald Trump. "I mean the problem is that we're dealing with a schoolyard bully and his henchmen", he said.

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

United States President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro has apologized for saying there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Justin probably didn't know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions, and I see the television", Trump said. Appearing on separate news shows, Kudlow accused Trudeau of "betrayal" and Navarro called the news conference a "stunt" and went on to assail the prime minister in unusually harsh terms.

The insults stemmed from a closing G7 press conference on Saturday in which Trudeau called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs. "Having said that we are aware that investigation on autos under Section 232 has been initiated".

On Tuesday, Mr Trump kept up the attack on Mr Trudeau.

Canada retaliated when the USA imposed duties on imported steel and aluminum last month and would likely do the same on auto tariffs, Dias said.

Upon learning of the insult by Nixon, Trudeau replied: "I've been called worse things by better people".

Amid the high-stakes trade negotiations still under way between China and the United States, Beijing is moving full steam ahead with a strategy that one top White House adviser said was the target of U.S. trade action.

In return, Trump accused Trudeau of being "weak and dishonest" and instructed US representatives not to endorse the G7 joint communique.

Trudeau said the Liberal government looks forward to the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday's historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau. "(Trudeau) learned. You can't do that.

Then, he went on about how massive trade surpluses were not fair to the American people and how the United States pays almost the full cost of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation which protects "many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade" and remarked, "Change is coming". "It's very unfair, and it's very unfair to our workers, and I'm gonna straighten it out".

Trump has asked the Commerce Department to review whether vehicle imports threaten national security, which would add to levies already imposed on steel and aluminum.

A recent report by the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that blanket 25-per-cent tariffs on automobile imports to the US, including auto parts, would reduce production by 1.5 per cent and could cause job losses of 195,000 in the USA over the first three years, and would affect $200 billion in US imports.

"We've got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks".

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