Thursday, 21 June, 2018

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

Shealah Craighead- the White House President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk in February 2017 at the White House in Washington D.C White House aide apologises over 'special place in hell' comment
Ginger Lawrence | 14 June, 2018, 04:31

"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", he added Sunday, noting his comments came "right from Air Force One".

At a news conference in Singapore, the president said Trudeau only made his comments about not being bullied because he thought Trump was on an airplane and would not hear about them.

"We've had American tariffs that have been put in overnight, Mr. Speaker".

Navarro on Sunday joined administration officials in lashing out at Trudeau following the chaotic end to the G7 summit in Quebec where leaders of the world's major economies clashed over tariffs.

Trump fired off a volley of tweets on Monday further venting anger at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Trudeau.

Trudeau had said using national security as a justification for tariffs was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their USA allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

And he confirmed that Canada would press ahead with dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs on July 1 as previously announced. "That was a mistake".

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"We'll continue to have one of the world's largest trading relationships, the world's largest undefended border".

After lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter and calling him "very dishonest" and "weak", the US President seems happy with Canada again. He learned. That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. "It was very friendly", Trump said. In October, Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to meet with the House Ways and Means Committee. China, a far more grievous transgressor of trade rules and norms, is way back there at under $3.5 billion. The Trump administration is reviewing a flood of comments to refine its initial list of US$50 billion in imports that it revealed in April.

On Thursday, Freeland is expected to meet US trade czar Robert Lighthizer in an effort to keep the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement on the rails. Significant foreign investment in Canada is also linked to its access to the U.S. market.

Chris Coons, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations, told MSNBC Trump had welcomed authoritarian leaders in other countries even as he "picks fights as he just did at the G7 with our longest, oldest closest allies: democracies, developed Western countries like Canada".

In addition to rejecting the insults aimed at Mr. Trudeau, the measure passed Monday said that lawmakers "strongly oppose the illegitimate tariffs imposed by the us government against Canadian steel and aluminum workers" and "stand in solidarity with the Government of Canada in its decision to impose retaliatory tariffs".

Canada's approach has been to hope for the best outcome but to always be prepared for the worst, and "to have a plan B, C, D, E and F and maybe to the end of the alphabet", Freeland said.