Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

When asked by the Journal interviewer if he was apologizing, Mr. Navarro said, "Yes, absolutely". He also said the US had a trade deficit of $17 billion with Canada, though he implied that it might be as large as $100 billion.

Both aides accused Trudeau of betraying Trump, a Republican, at a news conference held after the USA president had departed Canada.

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

"There is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

Trump fired off a volley of tweets on Monday further venting anger at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Trudeau. Kudlow was hospitalized after suffering a mild heart attack when he returned to Washington. He's expected to make a full recovery. Trump often hurls personal insults, without apology, from calling Mexican undocumented immigrants "rapists" to mocking a reporter with a disability on the campaign trail.

In Singapore, Trump announced that the U.S. would halt certain military drills with South Korea, while Kim committed to vague promises to ramp down the North Korean nuclear program.

The following day, Navarro's remarks brought swift criticism from Republicans on Capitol Hill.

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TRUMP: "He actually mentioned the fact that they proceeded down a path in the past and ultimately as you know nothing got done". A federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election also hangs over his presidency.

In return, Trump accused Trudeau of being "weak and dishonest" and instructed USA representatives not to endorse the G7 joint communique. Kudlow said the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around".

Mere hours earlier, Trudeau had announced that all G7 countries had signed the joint communique. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "There is a special place in heaven" for Trudeau.

Navarro said Tuesday his comments were an attempt to "send a very strong signal of strength" when he responded to Trudeau, adding that the Trump administration viewed Trudeau's news conference "as a breach of protocol and inappropriate".

Trudeau said the Liberal government looks forward to the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday's historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "But you know, Trump threatened tariffs on steel and aluminum, and everybody said, 'Oh, well, you know he's not going to hit Canada, we're not a security threat.' And lo and behold, look what happened".

Navarro "should have kept his big mouth shut because I don't think that helps us in foreign policy", said Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah.

"There's been a lot of emotional action on all sides".

Trudeau had said using national security as a justification for tariffs was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their U.S. allies in conflicts dating back to World War I. "Politicians can get into disagreements and they can have heated disputes, but you have to think about where does this go, how bad could it get - and the disputes are over a really, really small share of GDP".

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