Trump adviser apologises for saying Trudeau has ‘a place in hell’

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

Peter Navarro says his job was to send a "signal of strength" after Trudeau's post-G7 news conference sent the US president into a fit of pique that threw the summit into disarray.

Although he insisted he had a good relationship with Mr Justin Trudeau, just days after leaving in disarray a G-7 summit the Canadian prime minister had hosted, Mr Trump took another dig at him, saying the U.S. had a big trade deficit with Canada and that "a little balance" was needed.

Speaking at a conference in Washington on Tuesday, Navarro said his "job" in appearing on Fox News Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of the G7 summit in Quebec had been "to send a signal of strength".

Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump's hardline trade adviser, walked back inflammatory comments about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday at a conference in Washington, DC.

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".

Trump says Trudeau "probably didn't know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions".

"That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable", said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The feud escalated on Friday and Saturday as Trump called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G-7, a group of leading industrialized nations, and declared after he left the summit that the USA would not endorse a joint communique issued by the group.

"I had a very good meeting with the G7", Trump said, rejecting suggestions the summit was a failure.

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Canada was insulted by Trump's notion, and when he imposed a 25-percent tariff on Canadian steel and a 10-percent tariff on aluminum.

Trudeau said the Liberal government looks forward to the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday's historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trudeau also said he would stand up for Canadians.

Those remarks then sparked a Twitter outburst from Trump in which he called Trudeau "so indignant".

Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said Mr Navarro had "crossed a line".

Someone may want to remind Trump that Mexico and Canada are part of NAFTA... He also said Canada "will not be pushed around".

Freeland described Trump's plan to slap tariffs on Canada under the pretext of national security as ridiculous and urged the United States to invest in its worldwide alliances.

Freeland was on the Hill to speak to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she got the backing of senators, who stressed the shared military sacrifice Canadians have made alongside United States troops, security cooperation and the deeply intertwined economic ties.

"My Fellow Americans, let's all #ThankCanada for things we love they've brought to our lives", he wrote, naming a number of people, including Drake, Leonard Cohen and comedy series SCTV.

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