White House Trade Official Backs Away From His Insult to Trudeau

Posted June 13, 2018

On Tuesday, Navarro told a conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal that he went too far while trying to project a message of strength.

"The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate", he said. "That was my mistake, those were my words".

Trump repeated his criticism of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the news conference.

The Trump administration recently slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, prompting dollar-for-dollar retaliatory action from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government.

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said.

"As the former US ambassador to Canada I am calling on Peter Navarro to formally and publicly apologize to @JustinTrudeau and more importantly the Canadian people for his insulting and inappropriate remarks", tweeted Bruce Heyman, who was ambassador under former president Barack Obama.

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Trump, meanwhile, continued to be critical of Trudeau at a news conference in Singapore following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "It's kind of insulting".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House assault by saying ad hominem attacks were not helpful, that Canada would retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada would always be willing to talk.

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Trump again presented the USA as the victim of unfair trade deals during the interview with ABC on Tuesday. Kudlow explained on CNN that the administration was lashing out at Trudeau to show Kim that Trump was not weak. "That was a mistake".

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

"I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests", Mr Trudeau said.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada president Pierre Lampron, which represents Canada's roughly 12,000 dairy producers, fired back Monday by blasting Trump's "personal attacks on our prime minister" and defending its supply-managed system.

The motion also said the House rejects "disparaging ad hominem statements by US officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute".

Trump and Kim shook hands and posed for photos before their almost 40-minute one-on-one conversation behind closed doors.

The U.S. helped negotiate the joint communique and was "very close to making a deal with Canada" on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Kudlow said.

"It'll hurt the U.S.as much as it'll hurt Canada", said Dias, who pointed out that the majority of parts in Canadian-built vehicles come from the U.S.

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