Trump trade adviser: Harsh comments against Trudeau were a ‘mistake’

Trump trade adviser: Harsh comments against Trudeau were a ‘mistake’

Navarro's comments came after Trudeau said Canada would push back on tariffs that Trump plans to impose on Canadian steel and aluminum.

"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Trump said Tuesday of the G-7.

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric".

"The United States and Canada are in a fight, obviously".

Kudlow said the US participated in G7 talks and bilateral talks on NAFTA in good faith and that Trump had been "charming".

"On the steel tariffs I have a couple of fairly substantial operations in my own riding that are very anxious (about the US penalties)".

Trump's most recent salvo came in a series of tweets from Singapore late Sunday, where he again blasted Canada for charging a 270 per cent tariff on US dairy imports, and levelled more personal attacks at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Speaking at a conference in Washington on Tuesday, Navarro said his "job" in appearing on Fox News Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of the G7 summit in Quebec had been "to send a signal of strength".

According to the U.S. White House, there's a special place in hell for anyone who engages in "bad faith diplomacy" with President Donald Trump, and this week that spot is reserved for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Earlier, Trump elaborated on his abrupt Twitter outburst as he departed the summit Saturday, telling a news conference in Singapore that Trudeau's assertion that Canada "will not be pushed around" would end up costing Canadians "a lot of money". In tweets, Trump insulted Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak".

"When I got out to the plane, I think that Justin probably didn't know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions".

Trump refused to endorse the group's joint statement, said that Russian Federation should be readmitted, and traded barbs with Trudeau over an intensifying trade conflict.

"This was very disconcerting", he said, adding: "I do not like to see that type of language being used without having a real strong basis for it". "He can't do that".

But Mr Trudeau's comments provoked a response from the USA president.

The overwhelming support among GOP voters for Trump's economic nationalist approach to trade through tariffs and tough negotiations shows the length to which the donor class is out of step with Americans. "According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

Dairy has emerged as the latest flashpoint between the USA and Canada as they renegotiate the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade any more. Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!" he tweeted. Despite this distortion of market prices, USA dairy exports to Canada amount to about $300 million annually, or just under 0.09 percent of $341 billion in US goods and services exported to Canada. "He'll learn, he can't do that", Trump said. For example, a 2010 study by European economists estimating the effect of totally eliminating all trade barriers between the United States and the European Union found that that would boost incomes in the E.U.by as much as $86 billion and incomes in the U.S.by as much $82 billion annually. "We must put the American worker first!"

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