White House trade adviser Peter Navarro today walked back his comments over the weekend saying that there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, acknowledging that his language was "inappropriate".
In addition to rejecting the insults aimed at Mr. Trudeau, the measure passed Monday said that lawmakers "strongly oppose the illegitimate tariffs imposed by the USA government against Canadian steel and aluminum workers" and "stand in solidarity with the Government of Canada in its decision to impose retaliatory tariffs".
At his closing G-7 press conference on Saturday, Trudeau called U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.
Meanwhile, the current trade tempest between Canada and the United States is like a "serious summer squall", former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney said Monday. We laughed. We had a very good relationship. It is a historic negotiation and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong.
Lampron later told Reuters that the two sides had not discussed potential financial support for the sector. However, she suggested the government should look at means of increasing trade and co-operation with other Atlantic Canadian provinces, in light of the looming trade spat with the U.S.
President Donald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settled in for a summit with North Korea in Singapore, contending that "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".
Mocked for cultural gaffes on a recent trip to India, and slammed by others for his efforts in renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement at Trump's behest, Trudeau has also been attacked by the left-wing for his decision to nationalize an oil pipeline that had bogged down in protest and controversy.
Trudeau's itinerary was marked "personal" and he was not in the House of Commons.
Navarro's willingness to walk back his outburst marked a departure from the Trump administration's never-say-you're-sorry approach to political crises. "The longer term is not almost as clear", said Ekos pollster Frank Graves. On Friday, he faced our angry allies at the G-7 conference in Quebec, a face-to-face battle in what could become a destructive trade war.
Trudeau's Liberals are tied with the main opposition Conservatives in polls. He expressed confidence that United States relations with other G-7 countries would continue to move forward, despite the weekend clash in Canada. "The European Union had a $151 billion surplus - should pay much more for military!"
On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump's name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau's decision to stand his ground against US tariffs and tweeted presidential threats. Same goes for auto imports from Canada, another product on which Trump is threatening tariffs.
"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".
Updating the House of Commons on the G7 summit on her return from Canada, Mrs May said: "This was a hard summit with, at times, some very candid discussions".
Among the many uncertainties is how far Trump is prepared to match his tough words with action.
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