Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump vents anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, European Union and Canada's Trudeau

Trump vents anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, European Union and Canada's Trudeau

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro offered the Trump administration's most biting response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week over their tariff dispute.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologized Tuesday for saying that there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"The next morning, on Fox News, my job - my mission - was to send a very strong signal of strength".

Angela Merkel speaks with Donald Trump at the G7 meeting
Angela Merkel speaks with Donald Trump at the G7 meeting

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

"I used language that was inappropriate", he said, according to Journal reporters.

Subsequently, Trump said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

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

Trump, who had criticised Trudeau after the G7 meeting in Canada on the weekend, said the United States had a big trade deficit with Canada, and "a little balance" was needed. People speculated that the Trump administration wanted to make an example of Trudeau as a warning to Kim Jong-un about post-summit reversals, which is a unusual way to treat an ally and key trading partner if true.

But after Mr. Trump left the summit he announced he was pulling out of the statement, citing statements by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a post-summer press conference, where Mr. Trudeau said Canada had been "insulted" by Mr. Trump justifying his tariffs on national-security grounds.

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Navarro then went on Fox News and harshly criticized Trudeau in one of the fiercest attacks aimed at a foreign head of state by a relatively obscure administration official.

"We have to stand up for our principles, our values in Europe, potentially with Canada or Japan", Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview Sunday on ARD public TV. "I own that; that was my mistake, my words".

"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Trump told a news conference on Tuesday. We just shook hands. He learned. You can't do. "Look, countries can not continue to take advantage of us on trade".

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"Very dishonest and weak", he said. -Canada relationship in nothing but positive terms. He was asked why he was jeopardizing relations with long-standing allies like Canada while welcoming a historical US enemy with open arms as a friend.

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