Trump trade adviser Navarro apologizes for 'inappropriate' Trudeau comments

Trump trade adviser Navarro apologizes for 'inappropriate' Trudeau comments

Trump trade adviser Navarro apologizes for 'inappropriate' Trudeau comments

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever summit between a United States and North Korean leader.

"I used language that was inappropriate, and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said. Ottawa says it is discussing how it could help steel and aluminium workers affected by the recent imposition of US tariffs. After Trudeau promised to hit back with retaliatory measures, Trump called Trudeau "meek and mild", and one of Trump's top advisers said there was a "special place in hell" for Trudeau. They accused Trudeau of betraying Trump and stabbing him in the back.

Navarro, for his part, suggested that he was following orders - but made a poor choice of words in doing so.

"My job was to send a signal of strength".

Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

Navarro was talking about Trudeau's decision to hold a press conference in which he calmly, quietly and politely - which is to say, Canadianly - explained that our neighbors to the north would be responding to the White House's imposition of aluminum and steel tariffs with tariffs of their own, something the Canadian government had said it would do all along.

In this handout photograph provided by The Strait Times, U.S. President Donald Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (unseen) during their historic U.S. -DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

A push for some sort of reprisal in response to Trump's personal attack on Justin Trudeau has gained force since Canada's Parliament on Monday condemned weekend broadsides from its ally amid an escalating trade dispute.

It was left to Trump's aides to figure out how to explain Trump's airing of grievances against trading partners instead of focusing on his coming talks with Kim, which the president's supporters hope will provide him with a major foreign-policy win.

After leaving the summit, Trump tweeted Saturday that he was withdrawing support from a G7 joint communique, while complaining he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of US tariffs at a closing G7 news conference.

Trudeau said at the press conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the United States. No, I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau. "We just shook hands!"'

"The picture with Angela Merkel, who I get along with very well, where I'm sitting there like this" - Trump said, crossing his arms - "that picture, I'm waiting for the document because I wanted to see the final document".

'But the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face. "And it won't even be tough".

A spokeswoman for Trudeau, Eleanore Catenaro, declined to comment on Navarro's acknowledgement of a mistake.

The motion in parliament, introduced by the opposition New Democrats, rejected "disparaging ad hominem statements by USA officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations".

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