Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

Trump pledges to punish 'the people of Canada'

Trump pledges to punish 'the people of Canada'

US President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro has apologised for having said there was "a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"I used language that was inappropriate, and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said.

In Canada Tuesday, commenting on the Trump-Kim summit, where the two leaders appeared very cordial and even smiling together, Trudeau said he supported Trump's efforts to reach a nuclear deal.

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

President Donald Trump's fight with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not only threatens to unravel the US's relationship with one of its oldest worldwide partners, but also could significantly damage the United States economy.

"We finished the meeting, really everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Mr Trump said.

Trump advisers also took up the attack in appearances on Sunday's news shows, leveling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time.

His anger appears to have been sparked by a news conference Mr Trudeau gave after the summit, in which he described as "insulting" the way the United States cited national security as a reason for the tariffs.

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to USA national security.

Navarro was not the only Trump cabinet member to sound off on Trudeau.

The insults stemmed from a closing G7 press conference on Saturday in which Trudeau called U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.

"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", he said.

Navarro said on Fox that his words came "straight from Air Force One".

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada; he learned", Trump said wagging his finger. So far in 2018, Canada is also the top export destination for USA goods, with over $98 billion worth of goods going over the border.

His earlier comments had followed Trump's own sharp words for Trudeau, whom the president called "dishonest and weak" and accused of making "false statements".

"I think the impact will be small unless the trade war escalates into things like autos". "Using that type of language is not professional, it's not called for, and I tell you, I was deeply disappointed to see this lack of professionalism on his part".

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