White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland speaks with reporters after meeting with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the Capitol in Washington Wednesday

White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM

US President Donald Trump has said that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his trade negotiation tactics following the G7 summit is "probably going to cost the people of Canada a lot of money".

An escalating clash over trade between Washington and some of its closest global partners had loomed over Trump's historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

USA president Donald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settled in for a multi-day summit with North Korea in Singapore, contending that "fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal".

The Trudeau hate began after the Prime Minister held a press conference and told reporters that the new USA tariffs on steel and aluminum are "kind of insulting" and that Canada "will not be pushed around".

MacLauchlan said he supported the Prime Minister's retaliatory tariffs in response to US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and called on opposition parties to join him in expressing support for the federal government.

The two-day summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, featured a tense standoff between Trump and other G7 leaders. And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. "When it comes to trade the U.S. needs Canada and Canada needs the U.S. Our economies are integrated", said Gallant. "We just shook hands!"'

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker R-Tenn. speaks to reporters after meeting with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday
White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM

"Very dishonest and weak", he said. "And I think what people need to do at this moment is take a step back", Hassett said.

"I used language that was inappropriate", he said, according to Journal reporters. The only way to describe the US trade relationship with Canada as running a deficit would be to ignore services (like finance, engineering or higher education), which would be foolish given the increasing role they play in the economy. "That's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did".

Trudeau had simply reiterated Canada's stated plan of imposing retaliatory dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Note that Navarro expressed regret only for the language, not the message, which is that Trudeau had better show President Trump more deference in the future.

After leaving the summit, Trump tweeted Saturday that he was withdrawing support from a G7 joint communique, while complaining he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of US tariffs at a closing G7 news conference.

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