Trudeau on Trump: we support North Korea efforts, won't engage on comments

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

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.

There was nothing new in what Trudeau said, having previously stated that Canada was "insulted" Trump said metal tariffs were necessary for national security reasons.

Earlier on Tuesday at the Washington conference, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said the U.S. and Canada need to "take a deep breath".

"I don't think anybody knows what that's going to be at this particular juncture, particularly with all the hot air going back and forth across the border", Carr said.

At an event hosted by the Wall Street Journal, Mr Navarro said he had made a mistake. "But actually we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very friendly".

Trump was by then on his way to his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, having left the G7 early and after a press conference of his own in which he complained about trade.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Other than he had a news conference because he assumed I was on an airplane and wasn't watching. He learned. You can't do that.

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"They have chose to go significantly into the export market by undercutting the world price for milk powder", said Vilsack, who was USA agriculture secretary under former President Barack Obama.

"Dismantle supply management? That's not what Trump wants", she says.

The American processors, he continued, producing more than the domestic market can handle, sell their dairy products which can't be sold domestically onto the world market at a cut price, affecting foreign markets and further lowering the world price.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday", Navarro said: "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump". Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian foreign minister, called them "inappropriate" and warned that ad hominem attacks are not a productive way to conduct global relations. Still, Canada accounts for less than 3 percent of global trade, according to Agri-Food Economic Systems.

In response to the massive steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, Canada which is one of the largest exporters of the same spoke out against the exorbitant duties. "He'll learn, he can't do that", Mr Trump said.

"The US would have enjoyed these benefits had it not chose to exit the original TPP deal", said Christophe Bondy, a trade negotiation expert and special counsel at law firm Cooley.

Trump's attacks arrive as the United States and Canada renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement alongside Mexico.

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