White House aide apologizes for 'special place in hell' comment

Trump: Trudeau criticism will cost Canada `a lot of money´

Trump: Trudeau criticism will cost Canada `a lot of money´

United States President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro has apologized for saying there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"In conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", CNN quoted Navarro as saying on Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal's annual CFO Network conference.

Trudeau had said using national security as a justification for tariffs was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their USA allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

The Trump administration's pledge to consider tariffs on all imported vehicles took on more urgency last weekend after Trump and his advisers accused Trudeau of "bad faith diplomacy" for his trade comments following a meeting of Group of Seven leaders in Quebec. Trudeau's closing news conference at the Group of Seven leaders' summit in Quebec this weekend sparked a flurry of reactions from the Trump administration after the prime minister said the USA decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum on national security grounds was "insulting".

Trump had made similar remarks, accusing Trudeau of acting "meek and mild" during talks, before their press conference.

From a big-picture perspective, there are concerns about how the rest of the world sees the United States globally, he added.


Trump fired off a volley of tweets on Monday further venting anger at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Trudeau. "We just can't - as the prime minister said - we just can't be pushed around". The country has rallied together, with public opinion polling showing there's wide support for Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the steel and aluminum duties that will kick in for some USA goods on July 1.

Canadian politicians of all stripes have rallied around Trudeau, unanimously passing a motion Monday supporting the prime minister and denouncing Trump's personal attacks on him. And I say, 'Push him around? "It was very friendly", Trump said.

The insults stemmed from a closing G7 press conference on Saturday in which Trudeau called United States steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs. That was when Trudeau said Canada would take retaliatory steps in response to steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by Trump on Canada and other allies.

I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau. He learned. You can't do that. He also met privately with dairy farmers in his office.

After the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau - most specifically the USA president's Twitter tirade against Trudeau, whom he has called "dishonest" and "weak". The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other USA products by July 1.

"Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that's on workers", Singh told a news conference on Parliament Hill.

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