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

Trump adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has ‘special place in hell’

Trump adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has ‘special place in hell’

After leaving the meeting early, Trump tweeted that he was pulling USA support from a joint statement and he accused Trudeau of being weak and dishonest during a news conference.

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new USA tariffs, didn't respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders.

Although he insisted he had a good relationship with Mr Justin Trudeau, just days after leaving in disarray a G-7 summit the Canadian prime minister had hosted, Mr Trump took another dig at him, saying the United States had a big trade deficit with Canada and that "a little balance" was needed.

The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion Monday rejecting "disparaging ad hominem statements by US officials", taking aim at Mr. Trump and his advisers for tearing into Mr. Trudeau beginning moments after the president departed the G-7 summit on Saturday.

In this photo made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

At a news conference in Singapore, the president said Trudeau only made his comments about not being bullied because he thought Trump was on an airplane and would not hear about them.

Trump was by then on his way to his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, having left the G7 early and after a press conference of his own in which he complained about trade. "No biggie", the Twitter account Trudeau's Eyebrows (yes, that's an actual Twitter account) tweeted.

Trump is particularly incensed by Canadian tariffs imposed on dairy products, which he says are "killing" USA farmers. The the end of May imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports against Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

G7 leaders jumped to the defence of Trudeau and reiterated their support for their joint statement.

"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" he tweeted.

"I think it's a very fair question", Trump said.

A spokeswoman for Trudeau, Eleanore Catenaro, declined to comment on Navarro's acknowledgement of a mistake. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

It's unclear what additional action the US would take against Canada. "It's kind of insulting".

A less measured response to Trump came from Roland Paris, a University of Ottawa professor who formerly served as a top foreign policy adviser to Trudeau.

Both aides accused Trudeau of betraying Trump, a Republican, at a news conference held after the USA president had departed Canada. "You put the president in a position where he's going off to this very tough negotiation, he does have to do a turn and burn or else he looks weak as he heads into this other event".

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