White House aide apologises over 'special place in hell' comment

White House aide apologises over 'special place in hell' comment

White House aide apologises over 'special place in hell' comment

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has apologised for his sharp comments directed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after last week's G7 summit.

There was nothing new in what Trudeau said, having previously stated that Canada was "insulted" Trump said metal tariffs were necessary for national security reasons.

The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by fears of a trade war and tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with United States trading partners furious over Mr Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said.

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", he said.

"We're just too damn good at what we do", said Gordon Speirs, who runs a 2,100-cow dairy farm in Brillion, Wisconsin.

"I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he "will not be pushed around" by the United States". Other world leaders, including US politicians such as John McCain, were quick to dismiss the attacks from the Trump administration.

Mr Trump also explained the photo that went viral from the G-7 summit.

White House aide apologises over 'special place in hell' comment
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The insults stemmed from a closing G7 press conference on Saturday in which Trudeau called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.

Over the weekend, President Trump suddenly retracted his endorsement of the final joint statement by the G-7 summit of world leaders, tweeting afterward he had instructed representatives "not to endorse" it.

Importantly, it was Mr. Trump who delivered a barn-burner news conference, hours before Mr. Trudeau's. "And this was particularly important on the eve of a far more important summit in Korea".

Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, on Monday slammed Donald Trump's treatment of Justin Trudeau, and Canada in general, demanding the president apologize for his surrogate's claim there's a "special place in hell" for people like the Canadian prime minister.

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. Still, Canada accounts for less than 3 percent of global trade, according to Agri-Food Economic Systems.

READ: Will we really sacrifice the Canadian economy at the altar of the dairy industry? That means the Canadian Border Services Agency would investigate to see if they were exporting at prices lower than their cost of production, or lower than the prices they get in their home USA market.

"He learned", Trump said.

The United States maintains a largely free and fair trading relationship with Canada.




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