Adviser apologizes for 'place in hell' comment

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2018

Blasting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being dishonest and weak during the summit, Trump pulled out from the carefully crafted final agreement, hours after calling it "tremendously successful".

However, despite Trump's heated rhetoric, the United States ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has expressed confidence that the trade conflict can be settled, but said it would take some time.

"Thousands of Canadian workers and communities rely upon trade with our closest neighbor and ally, and it is incumbent for the entirety of Parliament to show stability and a united front, in these turbulent times", Ms. Ramsey said in a statement.

At that post-G7 press conference on Saturday, Trudeau had called US steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and said he would proceed with retaliatory tariffs that he'd already announced.

Navarro condemned Trudeau following the Canadian leader's news conference after his summit meeting with Trump and other world leaders from the Group of Seven. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One".

After one White House adviser said there was "a special place in hell" for foreign leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and another said Trudeau "stabbed us in the back", Canadian leaders offered a measured - even polite - response.

In return, Trump accused Trudeau of being "weak and dishonest" and instructed US representatives not to endorse the G7 joint communique.

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"You can't do that", the USA president added.

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. "That's going to cost him a lot of money".

We have very little use for Trudeau, that avatar of chic progressivism, or for Trump's other foil, Angela Merkel, the very embodiment of the short-sighted and high-handed European establishment.

Freeland said she had also raised the issue of auto tariffs in meetings with U.S. trade tsar Robert Lighthizer at the Charlevoix summit on Sunday and has also spoken with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and her American counterpart, Mike Pompeo. It came from an older, more familiar problem: The U.S. President didn't grasp or care that there's politics in Canada, too.

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said. "According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

Asked if he was apologising, Navarro said, "yeah, absolutely".

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