White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

On Saturday, in response to USA sanctions on Canadian steel and aluminum imports, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians "will not be pushed around" and the imports were "kind of insulting". Trudeau had engaged in "bad-faith diplomacy", Navarro maintained.

The interview was conducted aboard Air Force One, during Trump's flight from Singapore, after he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"My job was to send a signal of strength", Navarro said Tuesday at a Wall Street Journal event.

"I used language that was inappropriate, and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said.

"I think he set the news in a completely wrong direction as he headed off to Singapore", Heyman said.

Among the many topics the president addressed with reporters afterward was his recent Twitter campaign against Trudeau, whom he has called "dishonest" and "weak".

Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian foreign minister, called them "inappropriate" and warned that ad hominem attacks are not a productive way to conduct worldwide relations.

According to the currency conversion website operated by foreign exchange company XE, one USA dollar now buys just under 20.6 Mexican pesos. But nonetheless, Trump went out there, attacked them as mild, meek, weak, and dishonest.

Asked whether he was apologizing, Navarro replied, "Yes, absolutely".

"We finished the meeting, really everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Mr Trump said.

The admission was a rare act of contrition from US President Donald Trump's White House, where public apologies are few.

Trump, meanwhile, renewed his criticisms of Canada's protection of its dairy sector, saying: "It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country".

"It's kind of like. if you were sitting with a friend and then out of the blue, you just punched them in the face", said Heyman on CBC's "On the Money."

"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. And, if I may quote the words of the great Bear Bryant, "when you make a mistake you should admit it, learn from it, don't repeat it".

At the summit's conclusion on Saturday, Trudeau reiterated that Ottawa was prepared to retaliate against the new tariffs if the United States did not back down, and said Canadians "would not be pushed around".

"The Section 232 action - which is, let me remind people, a national security consideration - is frankly absurd", the minister said. "I know it was reported sort of nasty both ways - I was angry at her, or she".