Trump trade adviser apologises for insulting Trudeau

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2018

His earlier comments had followed Trump's own sharp words for Trudeau, whom the president called "dishonest and weak" and accused of making "false statements".

Peter Navarro, one of President Donald Trump's top trade advisers, apologized Tuesday for saying over the weekend that there was "a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Navarro offered the apology at a Wall Street Journal conference Tuesday, the Journal's Gerald Seib tweets.

The president's staff then blasted Trudeau on Sunday with economic advisor Larry Kudlow accusing Canada of stabbing the the back.

The Trudeau hate began after the Prime Minister held a press conference and told reporters that the new USA tariffs on steel and aluminum are "kind of insulting" and that Canada "will not be pushed around".

"Very dishonest and weak", he said.

And for now, state officials don't believe Mississippi's exporters will be adversely affected by Trump's trade tiff with Trudeau and Canada.

Trump says Trudeau's actions will cost Canada "a lot of money". For instance, Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to cause a drag on United States economic growth and result in a net loss of American jobs.

"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?"

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While Navarro backed down from his attack, Trump did not, continuing on Tuesday to accuse Trudeau of acting in bad faith and trying to take advantage of the United States. So Trump's national security justification is so laughable that Republicans who have been willing to stick by Trump through every other blunder are ready to work with Democrats to block these tariffs by holding military spending hostage.

He made the apology - something that former USA ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, among others, was demanding that he do - during a Wall Street Journal event today in Washington.

He and other USA politicians have long demanded Canada's system of domestic dairy protections either be abolished or heavily modified to give American exports a bigger share.

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

"Eyebrow gate" may well have been thanks to lighting at the press conference or pictures taken at a odd angle-but that hasn't stopped speculation about Trudeau's possibly fake eyebrows online, with Twitter loving the unusual images.

"There are always irritants in relationships", Pompeo said, adding that without partners like Canada, "we wouldn't be in this place, we wouldn't have this diplomatic opportunity" with the North.

"We've got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks". Trump wrote in another post on Twitter.

Trudeau was speaking at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron when the apparent eyebrow mishap occurred, with pictures appearing to show one eyebrow unusually lower than the other. You know they put out a document, I don't know if you saw it.

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