Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

The insults stemmed from a closing G7 press conference on Saturday in which Trudeau called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.

Although he insisted he had a good relationship with Justin Trudeau, just days after blowing up a G7 summit the Canadian prime minister had hosted, Trump took another dig at him, saying the United States had a big trade deficit with Canada and that "a little balance" was needed.

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal conference Tuesday, according to video provided by the newspaper's CFO Network.

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

Trudeau and his ministers were careful to say nothing that would add fuel to Trump's ire, hoping it will dissipate once the president is no longer stressed about his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The president tweeted from Air Force One that Trudeau was "dishonest", and weak.

Kudlow's comments were quickly followed by Director of the White House National Trade Council Peter Navarr, who said there is a "special place in hell" reserved for anyone who double-crosses Trump.

The House of Commons passed a unanimous motion Monday backing Trudeau's stand against the US and it castigated Trump for his attacks on the prime minister and Canada.

Trudeau had simply reiterated Canada's stated plan of imposing retaliatory dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

As he flew from Canada to Singapore Saturday night, Trump took to Twitter to label Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak". "(Trudeau) learned. You can't do that. "And he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States". And I say, push him around?

"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. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

Asked if he was offering Trudeau an apology, Navarro said "yes, absolutely".

Trudeau can take solace from Pew opinion polling that one year ago revealed only 22 per cent of Canadians thought Trump was up to the job.

Navarro lashed out on Fox News following a multi-day tirade by Trump and his administration over trade and Canada's response to tariffs imposed by the U.S.

Mr Kudlow later suffered a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said Monday, but was in good condition. While Trudeau has a wide range of counter-strike options available, Canada remains vulnerable to a trade war.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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