Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Does President Trump owe Canada an apology?

Does President Trump owe Canada an apology?

In the lead-up to the G-7 summit, Trump engaged in a war of words with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had both condemned the USA president's decision to impose steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro said at a conference in Washington hosted by The Wall Street Journal.

"My job was to send a signal of strength", he said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Sunday that "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".

They state they are embarrassed and mortified by President Donald J. Trump and his White House aids.

Trudeau is not Trump's only target in the growing trade war with the other members of the G7, which is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK.

He said the Canadian leader must not have realized that Trump had televisions on Air Force One, allowing him to monitor Trudeau's news conference at the end of the G-7 summit. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did.

On CNN's State of the Union, Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow labeled Trudeau as "polarizing", "sophomoric", "deceptive", and "amateurish". The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other USA products by July 1. But Trump isn't one to apologize and often feels he is in the right.

Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix. "We must put the American worker first!"

Canada is the U.S.'s largest trading partner, and the USA economy would struggle to make up for Canada's absence, Heyman noted.

He then asserted multiple times to the room full of reporters that he has a "good relationship" with Trudeau.

Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and Peter Navarro chat while they wait for U.S. President Donald Trump to arrive to make an announcement about new tariffs for steel and aluminum imports at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 8, 2018.

A Trump adviser had suggested Sunday that Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the meeting with Kim. "We have been, our trade is a disaster, our trade deals".

G-7 leaders jumped to the defense of Trudeau and reiterated their support for their joint statement.

"I actually like Justin, you know, I think he's good; I like him, but he shouldn't have done that".

Trump, meanwhile, renewed his criticisms of Canada's protection of its dairy sector, saying: "It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country".

Warner said that Trump's behavior undermined US leadership and spited allies that Washington is deeply reliant on.

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