Trump confused by Trudeau's 'pushed around' comment: 'We just shook hands!'

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

Donald Trump's top economic adviser is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of betraying the U.S. administration hours after the president himself launched insults at the prime minister, calling him "very dishonest and weak" and all via Twitter.

Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore, repeating his criticism of US trade policies with Canada - he also took aim at Germany - in a multitweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told.

He had said there was a "special place in hell" for Mr Trudeau for going against US President Donald Trump.

Asked if he was apologizing for the comments, Navarro said, "yeah, absolutely".

Trump said on Twitter that he would not sign the communique, calling Trudeau "very dishonest & weak" for his trade criticism. He said the Canadian leader must not have realized that Trump had televisions on Air Force One, allowing him to monitor Trudeau's news conference at the end of the G-7 summit. He called on Trudeau to apologize to Trump.

Among other things, trump responded negatively to the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, who has criticized the economic policies of Washington.

"Obviously we support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement", Trudeau said Tuesday as he arrived on Parliament Hill for his weekly cabinet meeting.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Sunday that "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".

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

Mr Trump said: "If they retaliate they are making a mistake".

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said.

Peter Navarro told a business conference in Washington Tuesday that his comment about Mr. Trudeau's eternal damnation was "inappropriate".

Ms Bishop said the Turnbull government's strong relationship with the U.S. administration was behind Australia securing an exemption to United States import tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Trump had made similar remarks late Saturday, accusing the Canadian leader of acting "meek and mild" during talks, before ther press conference.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada". When you use it with your best friend, your next door neighbor, your greatest ally, and I think one of your singular best trading partners, it's completely uncalled for, unprofessional, and I call for, today, an apology.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said, echoing Navarro.

"We are convinced that a modernisation is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said.

"And I said, 'Push him around?'" Trump said, describing his reaction to the press conference.