Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologized Tuesday for comments attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the foreign leader publicly disagreed with President Donald Trump.

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Mr Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal conference. "And I think what people need to do at this moment is take a step back", Hassett said.

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.

Trump also called Trudeau "dishonest and weak" and accused him of changing his tone only after Trump had left the summit. In the press conference to discuss the tariffs Canada is planning to impose beginning on Canada Day, Prime Minister Trudeau called the USA trade actions "completely unacceptable".

One photo in particular shows Trudeau trying to engage with a sullen Trump.

President Donald Trump is still angry at Justin Trudeau for a perceived slight during a speech by the Canadian Prime Minister following the G-7 meeting.

The Trudeau hate began after the Prime Minister held a press conference and told reporters that the new USA tariffs on steel and aluminum are "kind of insulting" and that Canada "will not be pushed around".

Trump himself attacked Trudeau on Twitter as "dishonest & weak" before backing out of a joint G7 statement, while top economic aide Larry Kudlow said Trudeau had "stabbed us in the back".

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump.

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"Canada is very clear", Freeland said.

Navarro said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

A trade official from Mexico said Monday that the only way the countries renegotiating NAFTA will find a solution is through "sufficient flexibility" to narrow differences. I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau.

Trump made his comments in a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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

"We are urging all sides to resolve their differences on trade amicably", she told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Kudlow said the USA participated in G7 talks and bilateral talks on Nafta in good faith and that Trump had been "charming".

"And I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around?". Trudeau had used similar language in the past, and Canada threatened retaliatory tariffs before the G-7 got underway in response to the US duties on metal.

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