Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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Trump's trade adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has 'special place in hell'

Trump's trade adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has 'special place in hell'

After the G-7 summit, Trudeau hosted a news conference where he said that the Canadian government "did not take" the USA tariffs against Canada lightly.

White House trade adviser Pete Navarro has apologised for sharp comments he made about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US media report.

"I don't care who you are talking about, unless you are on the verge of some kind of military engagement or something, I don't think that's language that anyone would use with any friends at the bar", he said.

"There is a special place in heaven for Justin Trudeau", European Council President Donald Tusk said.

In a statement Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skillful chairing".

He delivered them the day after Trump himself criticized Trudeau and shortly after Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, insulted Trudeau himself.

Over the weekend, Mr. Trudeau said Canada would impose retaliatory tariffs on the United States in response to the Trump administration's recently imposed tariffs on metals after Mr. Trump departed for Singapore.

"We have a big trade deficit with 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". "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

As for Trump's own response, he predicted that Trudeau's remarks are going to cost Canada "a lot of money".

"Let me correct a mistake I made", he said at the conference.

"Obviously we support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea", the prime minister said.

"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.

"I actually like Justin, you know, I think he's good, I like him, but he shouldn't have done that", Trump said.

Among the many topics the president addressed with reporters afterward was his recent Twitter campaign against Trudeau, whom he has called "dishonest" and "weak". Bruce Heyman, a former US ambassador to Canada, tweeted that Mr. Navarro should "formally and publicly apologize to Justin Trudeau and more importantly the Canadian people for his insulting and inappropriate remarks".

Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, however, said North Korea's leader could also face harsh words. "We look forward to looking at the details of the agreement".

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