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

White House adviser apologizes for slamming Justin Trudeau

White House adviser apologizes for slamming Justin Trudeau

If Donald Trump was counting on Justin Trudeau to bend to US trade demands after a series of verbal attacks on the Canadian prime minister, it's not working so far.

That was the message Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump continued to take personal shots at Justin Trudeau, blasted Canada's dairy industry and threatened to make Canadians pay for the prime minister's alleged effrontery. "I own that, that was my mistake, my words", he said at a Journal conference.

Mr Navarro reportedly said on Tuesday his remarks were a mistake and his language was inappropriate.

"I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", he said.

At a news conference Tuesday after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau.

But when Trudeau said Canada would be forced to retaliate for USA tariffs on steel and aluminum and would not agree to a sunset provision in a new North American Free Trade Agreement, "he really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said. He blamed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement afterward that Canada would not be "pushed around".

"I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau", he said.

"On (Trump's) comments, I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests".

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Trump says Trudeau "probably didn't know that Air Force 1 has about 20 televisions".

Navarro's apology came days after Trump's spat with Trudeau over trade and the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada. "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau added.

Trudeau said after the G-7 meeting that the aluminum and steel tariffs imposed by the USA on Canada on national security grounds were insulting and that "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

REMINDER: This is Canada we're talking about.

On Sunday, Navarro, who is Trump's most hawkish trade adviser, assailed Trudeau for engaging in "bad faith diplomacy" in the wake of the G-7 meeting. But more importantly, he should apologize to the Canadian public. Kudlow explained on CNN that the administration was lashing out at Trudeau to show Kim that Trump was not weak. She also said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures.

United States of America President Donald Trump arrived at the Singapore Paya Lebar Air Base on Sunday evening (June 10) and headed straight to Shangri-La hotel where he turned in for the night. Trump and Navarro in ratcheting up tensions with Canada since the tariffs were announced at the end of May.

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