Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Navarro Voices Regret for Harsh Words About Canadian Leader

Navarro Voices Regret for Harsh Words About Canadian Leader

However, Navarro says he used inappropriate language in trying to convey that message.

Peter Navarro, one of President Donald Trump's top trade advisers, said on today that it was a mistake to suggest that "there is a special place in hell" for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, offering a rare apology from a White House that nearly never walks back heated rhetoric. It came from an older, more familiar problem: The U.S. President didn't grasp or care that there's politics in Canada, too.

U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held the historic meeting between leaders of both countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, carrying hopes to end decades of hostility and the threat of North Korea's nuclear programme.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Trump said Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the G7 summit in Canada would "cost a lot of money for the people of Canada". "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said on the "Fox News Sunday" program.

But today he apologized for using language that counteracted his goal of sending a signal of strength. "And I think what people need to do at this moment is take a step back", Hassett said.

"I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau, I really did".

"I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skilful chairing, which enabled us after two days of negotiation between leaders to agree actions and a shared approach on some of the most pressing challenges facing the worldwide community and our citizens", she said.

Canadian lawmakers unanimously voted to oppose the U.S.' "illegitimate tariffs" on Canadian steel and aluminum and condemned disparaging statements made by the Trump administration about Canada.

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".

The United States has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum.

Trump took to Twitter to slam Justin Trudeau while en route to Singapore.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the working session at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

Now, Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on the auto sector, which further indicates that he has no idea how global trade works. "Look, countries can not continue to take advantage of us on trade". The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other US products, starting July 1. "We look forward to looking at the details of the agreement".

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