Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

Was Trudeau wearing fake eyebrows at the G7 summit?

Reacting to Trump's attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the weekend, Hayden said that Canada has regularly stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States as an economic and military ally - which is something that Trump now seems to be taking for granted.

"It was very friendly", Trump explained the situation Tuesday when asked about the G-7 gathering at a press conference in Singapore following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. As a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, "99 percent of the trade between Canada and the tariff-free", said Bruce Heyman, former US ambassador to Canada. And Finance Minister Bill Morneau is also planning to meet with his American counterpart, Steve Mnuchin, in Washington this week as well.

Trudeau addressed the media on June 9 stating his intention to impose retaliatory measures on the U.S. from 1 July, as a necessary means to safeguard Canadian interests.

A Trump adviser had suggested Sunday that Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the meeting with Kim.

Canada and the USA appear to be at an impasse over Trump's insistence on a five-year sunset clause, something Trudeau himself said this past weekend was a non-starter. Ottawa says it is discussing how it could help steel and aluminum workers affected by the recent imposition of USA tariffs.

The six-plus-one tone of the gathering in Quebec means the leaders from Canada, Britain, the US, France, Germany Italy and Japan are unlikely to issue a joint statement as they remain sharply divided on trade and the environment to reach consensus.

Although he insisted he had a good relationship with Justin Trudeau, just days after blowing up a G7 summit the Canadian prime minister had hosted, Trump took another dig at him, saying the United States had a big trade deficit with Canada and that "a little balance" was needed.

"My job was to send a signal of strength", Navarro said Tuesday at a Wall Street Journal event.

"I think he set the news in a completely wrong direction as he headed off to Singapore", Heyman said.

Let's follow the timeline: What did Trudeau say?

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The insults stemmed from a closing G7 press conference on Saturday in which Trudeau called U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.

"No one wants to look like they're conceding anything to Trump", said Martha Hall Findlay, a former Liberal MP and leadership candidate who is now president of the Calgary-based Canada West Foundation and a longtime advocate of ending supply management. He learned. You can't do that. "You can't do that". "And that comes right from Air Force One".

Opposition Leader James Aylward also expressed his support for Trudeau implementing retaliatory trade tariffs on US goods. And I say, 'Push him around?

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

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

Both Moscow and Mr Trump have denied the allegations. "It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country: the workers, the farmers, the companies". "And it won't even be tough". There was no immediate response to the apology from Trudeau.

Sorting out exactly how much government support American dairy farmers receive is notoriously complicated.

Trudeau, facing elections in 2019, said on Sunday that Canada "will not be pushed around", triggering a fierce attack from Trump and his advisers. That slight change in tone could herald, as Canadian officials hope, that the tiff will have no lasting impact on relations between the two countries, particularly on the crucial NAFTA file.

Canada "would be absolutely resolute in defence of the national interest", she added.

Trump had informed the Western allies of his plans to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.

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