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

Trump Adviser Apologizes For Saying Trudeau 'Deserved Special Place In Hell'

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologised for saying there was "a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The insults were supposedly a response to the post-G7 news conference in which Trudeau repeated his diplomatic criticism of Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and said he would stand up for Canadians.

"The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate", he said.

- Dan O'Donoghue (@MrDanDonoghue) June 11, 2018The moment of levity comes amid increased trade tensions between the USA and Canada. The U.S. will reveal its final list of Chinese goods that will be subject to new duties by Friday and restrictions on Chinese investment in the U.S. on June 30, with both applied shortly after.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade.

Mr Kudlow said the President won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around ..."

On Trump's handling of trade - where the populist president has taken major steps to enact his economic nationalist agenda - almost 80 percent of Republican voters said they approve of trade actions thus far.

In striking such a hostile tone against one of the oldest and closest USA allies, Navarro said Tuesday he was emboldened to send a "strong signal of strength" on the eve of the landmark summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. I really did, other than he had a news conference, that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn't watching.

"I left the [G7] meeting and I'll be honest, we are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries, very, very seriously", Trump said. Mr. Navarro made it clear the comments referred to Mr. Trudeau. -Canada relationship in nothing but positive terms.

At a news conference, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau, and said the Canadian leader must not have realized that Trump had televisions on Air Force One, allowing him to monitor Trudeau's news conference at the end of the G-7 summit.

Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, a member of the government's advisory group on NAFTA, hailed Trudeau's approach, refusing to react to "the noise, the bluster, the Twitter, the emotional outbursts".

Ambrose said the government needs to consider what more it's willing to put on the NAFTA table, keeping in mind that "what's at stake is just so much bigger than our pride. This is about our economy and millions and millions of jobs". "The wounds will heal, but the question [is] how does the relationship get impacted?"

Canada has announced retaliatory tariffs on $16.6-billion worth of USA goods, from steel and aluminum to orange juice, pickles and bourbon. "We must put the American worker first!"

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