Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM

White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM

Canada's House of Commons stood Monday in defiance of Donald Trump, denouncing his name-calling tirade against Justin Trudeau and endorsing the prime minister's firm response to protectionist USA tariffs and tweeted presidential threats against dairy producers and automakers.

"My mission was to send a strong signal of strength", Navarro said at the event, according to the Journal. "And I think what people need to do at this moment is take a step back", Hassett said.

Trudeau is not Trump's only target in the growing trade war with the other members of the G7, which is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK.

The gestures of support came after Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a clash of words after the G7 leaders' summit over the weekend in La Malbaie, Que. Canadians are "polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

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On Saturday, in response to US sanctions on Canadian steel and aluminum imports, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians "will not be pushed around" and the imports were "kind of insulting".

Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America's biggest trade partners, including Canada - in particular Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.

Earlier on Tuesday at the Washington conference, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said the USA and Canada need to "take a deep breath".

The Canadian leader did not directly respond to Navarro's comments, but Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called the remarks not "particularly appropriate or useful" later Sunday. He delivered them the day after Trump himself criticized Trudeau and shortly after Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, insulted Trudeau himself.

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While other presidents and prime ministers have had testy relations - president Richard Nixon famously used a profane word, behind closed doors, to refer to Trudeau's father Pierre Trudeau, also in the context of trade talks - neither side has demonstrated this level of animosity since John Diefenbaker feuded with John F. Kennedy in the early 1960s.

Trudeau has yet to comment on the Trump administration's criticism. "We just shook hands!"' Trump said.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro further escalated those attacks during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.

"Here in Canada, our federal government is delaying putting tariffs in place until July 1st", Aylward said. "He did a whole disservice to the whole G-7". "That's going to cost him a lot of money". For instance, Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to cause a drag on U.S. economic growth and result in a net loss of American jobs.

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