Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

White House aide apologizes for 'special place in hell' comment

White House aide apologizes for 'special place in hell' comment

The Canadian leader did not directly respond to Navarro's comments, but Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called the remarks not "particularly appropriate or useful" later Sunday.

White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro apologized Tuesday for saying there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - calling his language "inappropriate".

"My mission was to send a strong signal of strength", Navarro said at the event, the Journal reported. Trudeau had used similar language in the past, and Canada threatened retaliatory tariffs before the G-7 got underway in response to the USA duties on metal.

On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump's name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau's decision to stand his ground against US tariffs and tweeted presidential threats. At that post-G7 press conference on Saturday, Trudeau had called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and said he would proceed with retaliatory tariffs that he'd already announced.

Meanwhile in Singapore on Tuesday Trump was incredibly friendly during his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un, even giving the North Korean leader a thumbs up.

A push for some sort of reprisal in response to Trump's personal attack on Justin Trudeau has gained force since Canada's Parliament on Monday condemned weekend broadsides from its ally amid an escalating trade dispute.

"That's unconscionable", Heyman said."Anybody who represents the United States of America from the White House using that kind of language with any world leader of any type, I think is uncalled for".

Trump and his deputies took issue with Trudeau for telling a news conference at the end of the G7 conference that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs - a point he had made several times before.

Here at home, Trudeau refused to engage, telling reporters on his way into cabinet that he supports the North Korea talks but wouldn't talk about the president's latest threats to Canada. Every Canadian prime minister knows an American president has access to constant information and intel no matter where he is. No, I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau. He was asked why he was jeopardizing relations with long-standing allies like Canada while welcoming a historical US enemy with open arms as a friend. He later called Trudeau "very dishonest & weak" and refused to sign a joint statement following negotiations.

Trump, who has since threatened to impose tariffs on Canada, added: "He learned". Canada does have very big advantages over us in terms of trade deficits.

On Monday, the House of Commons unanimously approved a motion showing "solidarity" with the Trudeau government's decision to impose retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.

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