Trump trade adviser apologises for insulting Trudeau

  • Trump trade adviser apologises for insulting Trudeau

Trump trade adviser apologises for insulting Trudeau

As Canada teeters on the brink of a potential trade war with the United States, the Trudeau government has adopted the same motto invoked by the British as they braced for the Second World War: Keep calm and carry on.

Kudlow later suffered a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said Monday, but was in good condition. The country has rallied together, with public opinion polling showing there's wide support for Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the steel and aluminum duties that will kick in for some US goods on July 1.

Similarly, former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, also a member of the NAFTA advisory group, said Trudeau is doing the right thing.

As Business Insider's Michelle Mark reported, the summit ended in disarray: Late Saturday, US President Donald Trump tweeted that the US would not endorse the joint statement from the summit.

Trudeau struck a steady-as-he-goes pose after Trump's latest dig, telling reporters, "I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests".

He made the apology - something that former US ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, among others, was demanding that he do - during a Wall Street Journal event today in Washington. "Look, countries can not continue to take advantage of us on trade".

Early in the day, it seemed the Trump administration might also be trying to dial back the invective.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign 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", Navarro said on Fox News.

"I think we are all sitting with bated breath hoping that cooler heads prevail, but most of us believe there's an equal chance that they won't", said Dennis DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

He called on Trudeau to apologize to Trump.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the working session at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada; he learned", Mr Trump said wagging his finger. He learned. You can't do that. "You can't do that".

"Justin probably didn't know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions, and I see the television", Trump said. And I say, push him around? "We just shook hands!'" Trump said Tuesday. He's railed many times in recent days against Canadian import duties of 270 percent on dairy. There was no immediate response to the apology from Trudeau.

After leaving the meeting early, Trump tweeted that he was pulling USA support from a joint statement and he accused Trudeau of being weak and dishonest during a news conference.

"From the beginning we have said that our approach would be to hope for the best, to work for the best possible outcome but always be prepared for the worst, to have a Plan B, C, D, E and F - and maybe to the end of the alphabet".

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, arguing that they posed a threat to USA national security.

If the US imposes a 25 per cent tariff on those exports, suddenly they don't make much economic sense, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labour and economics at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Trudeau called the US's metals tariffs "totally unacceptable" and "frankly insulting".

"If it goes on for a while - and it would have to go on for a while - people might change their views, but I don't think this one incident is likely to have that effect".