Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Navarro apologizes for harsh comment about Canada PM

Navarro apologizes for harsh comment about Canada PM

Since then, several Trump aides have publicly criticized Trudeau.

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

And Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is traveling to Washington on Wednesday to try to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement, also emphasized the need for calm. "But if history tells us one thing, it's that no one nation's preeminence is eternal", she said. As part of the bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions.

Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, said that "you'd have to be not paying attention to know that we've damaged relations" with Canada.

Trump's trade policy will hurt Canada, and Trudeau was well within his right to fire back. "In conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message".

"It is our position and, indeed, the position of the Prime Minister, that supply management must remain in place if NAFTA negotiations are going to come to a successful conclusion", MacLauchlan said.

And he confirmed that Canada would press ahead with dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs on July 1 as previously announced.

Trump again presented the USA as the victim of unfair trade deals during the interview with ABC on Tuesday. "That was a mistake". "We applaud Canada's engagement in the world for peace and stability".

Peter Navarro, the director of the White House National Trade Council, took the attacks a step further.

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Navarro later apologized for the comments, telling a news conference in Washington on Tuesday: "My job is to send a signal of strength".

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".

Warner said in an interview on the Politico Money podcast released Wednesday that Trump's defiant performance at the G-7 gathering in Canada highlighted a wedge that the president has driven between the US and some of its closest allies.

Canadian officials say they've been working very deliberately to emphasize shared interests and have been doing so for some time.

Trump once again went after Trudeau for what Trump considers unfair trading practices.

It is unfortunate that there is now "so little trust" in this most important relationship, commented University of Montreal professor Frederic Merand.

And one Twitter user called on "Patriotic Americans" to schedule vacations in Canada and increase their purchases of Canadian goods. Significant foreign investment in Canada is also linked to its access to the United States market.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative's notes that the United States had an $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada in 2017.

Invoking national security - under Section 232 of a U.S. trade law - as a reason for the tariffs "is frankly absurd", Freeland told reporters after the hour-long meeting.

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