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White House adviser apologizes for slamming Justin Trudeau

14 June 2018

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro said at a conference in Washington hosted by The Wall Street Journal.

"I think we have to fight fire with fire", he says. "But actually we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very friendly".

Mr. Trump's complaint is that Canada-U.S. discussions went well behind closed doors at the G7 meeting in La Malbaie, Que., but Mr. Trudeau made it sound different in public. He learned. You can't do. "You can't do that".

Days later, Trump said that he had left the summit at that stage and was aboard Air Force One en route to Singapore when Trudeau gave the press conference.

Peter Navarro, the director of the White House National Trade Council, took the attacks a step further. He blamed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement afterward that Canada would not be "pushed around". The Trump administration says Canadian steel imports could hurt the US steel industry, impairing the ability of factories to produce steel and aluminum for military jets and ships, or transmission lines.

The Trudeau hate began after the Prime Minister held a press conference and told reporters that the new US tariffs on steel and aluminum are "kind of insulting" and that Canada "will not be pushed around". "Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%", he wrote in the first of five tweets relating to the weekend's summit.

The president's staff then blasted Trudeau on Sunday with economic advisor Larry Kudlow accusing Canada of stabbing the U.S.in the back.

"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Trump said Tuesday of the G-7.

"Canada is not a country that we have trade issues with", he said.

And he still wants a wall built between the U.S. and Mexico... Perhaps they were trying to show the power they have. It's close to $100 billion a year loss with Canada. Americans are thankful for Canadian artists like Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion and Drake as well as more significant historical acts like when the people of Gander, Newfoundland took in those whose planes were grounded in the town following the 9/11 attacks.

Canada is preparing to impose retaliatory tariffs on American steel and aluminum at the end of the month. He then added a 10% tariff on aluminum imported from those parts of the world.

Outside of the U.S., Trump's G7 partners - the EU, Canada and Japan - would suffer the biggest hits under that scenario.

Freeland added that the action is illegal under World Trade Organization and NAFTA rules, that Canada has raised cases in both tribunals with the backing of the European Union and Mexico, and that "the United States, in fact, has a surplus of trade in steel with Canada".

White House adviser apologizes for slamming Justin Trudeau