Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Ex-CIA chief on Trump attacking Trudeau

Ex-CIA chief on Trump attacking Trudeau

Donald Trump's trade adviser is apologizing for saying there's a "special place in hell" for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because of his "bad-faith diplomacy" during the G7 summit in Quebec.

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal conference, according to video provided by the Journal's CFO Network. "I mean seriously, Russia, who took over Crimea, all the violence that's taken place in Ukraine, the poisoning of people in the United Kingdom, the influence in our election this last time period", Heyman recounted.

Journalists traveling on Air Force One to Singapore with Trump had been told that the U.S. had made a decision to be part of the joint communique, which represented a minimal show of unity amid deep disagreements between Trump and the other six leaders over trade.

"Very dishonest and weak" he claimed, adding in a separate tweet: "I have instructed our USA reps not to endorse the communique". This triggered a fiery response from U.S. President Donald Trump, who called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on the same day. Bruce Heyman, a former USA ambassador to Canada, tweeted that Mr. Navarro should "formally and publicly apologize to Justin Trudeau and more importantly the Canadian people for his insulting and inappropriate remarks".

Trudeau and his ministers were careful to say nothing that would add fuel to Trump's ire, hoping it will dissipate once the president is no longer stressed about his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Monday's symbolic House vote was held after Mr. Trump criticized Mr. Trudeau over the weekend for vowing to retaliate against tariffs recently imposed by the USA on Canadian steel and aluminum products. But I feel really confident", Trump said of Monday's meeting, which is the first between a North Korean leader and sitting USA president, "It's never been done, It's never been tested.

Navarro might be sorry for his word choice, but the White House's sentiment stands.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump. "It was very friendly", Trump said.

Mr Trump's strained relationship with the rest of the G7 was in evidence on Saturday when he arrived late for the opening session, with Mr Trudeau addressing a gathering that included an empty chair where the president was meant to be.

Asked about the possibility that Kim could break a vague agreement with Trump to work toward denuclearization, Graham cited the current trade spat with Trudeau as evidence Trump shouldn't be crossed.

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

Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said Mr Navarro had "crossed a line. He learned, that's going to cost a lot of money to the people of Canada". You know they put out a document, I don't know if you saw it.

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