Peter Navarro sorry for saying there's a 'special place in hell' for Trudeau
13 June, 2018, 15:34
"In conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said at the Wall Street Journal's annual CFO Network conference. "Other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn't watching", Trump said. "I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau - I really did, other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane", the USA president said at a news conference.
Navarro, a supporter of tariffs to help reduce the USA trade deficit and a longtime critic of China, turned his anger at Canada over the weekend as a Group of Seven meeting hosted by Trudeau ended in disarray and trade threats.
Days later, Trump said that he had left the summit at that stage and was aboard Air Force One en route to Singapore when Trudeau gave the press conference.
A spokeswoman for Mr Trudeau, Eleanore Catenaro, declined to comment on Mr Navarro's acknowledgement of a mistake.
Many social media users echoed that sentiment Monday, when the hashtag #ThanksCanada was trending on Twitter, celebrating Canadian contributions while pushing back against Trump's comments. Kudlow was hospitalised after suffering a mild heart attack when he returned to Washington. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Asked if he was apologising, Navarro said, "yeah, absolutely".
Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said Mr Navarro had "crossed a line".
Still, the potential USA fallout could make the tariffs a hard sell to Trump's manufacturing base, said Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, which represents Canadian autoworkers at GM, Ford and FCA.
Most analysts agree that the tariffs would also be bad for the U.S. American consumers would have to pay US$5,000 to US$7,000 more for their vehicles on average, potentially reducing U.S. auto sales by 4 million to 5 million units a year, said DesRosiers, who called it "a nightmare scenario". "It was very friendly", Trump said.
Freeland said she had a "good conversation" Sunday with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and that the pair would try to meet in Washington this week.
In the same set of tweets, Trump said: "Justin acts hurt when called out!" He learned. You can't do that.
"What I've learned from this is that, particularly in my role, as a presidential adviser, what we need to do, and what I need to do, is simply focus on the serious policy differences and issues", Navarro said.
"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" "Politicians can get into disagreements and they can have heated disputes, but you have to think about where does this go, how bad could it get - and the disputes are over a really, really small share of GDP".