Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump says Canadian leader Justin Trudeau 'learned' from trade comments

Trump says Canadian leader Justin Trudeau 'learned' from trade comments

"I own that. That was my mistake, my words".

Trump said he chose to back out of the G7 communique after watching Trudeau's closing summit news conference, at which he warned that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs - a point the Canadian prime minister had made several times before.

But after Mr. Trump left the summit he announced he was pulling out of the statement, citing statements by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a post-summer press conference, where Mr. Trudeau said Canada had been "insulted" by Mr. Trump justifying his tariffs on national-security grounds.

United States president Donald Trump retracted the previously agreed upon joint communique endorsing a rule-based trade system, at the very end of the G7 summit last week, accusing the group of seven nations of imposing "massive tariffs" on the US.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018.

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And Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau, jabbed at Trump on Twitter: "Big tough guy once he's back on his airplane".

The president said he was annoyed by Trudeau's comments about not letting Canada get pushed around.

Speaking to CNN today, Trump adviser Larry Kudlow says he personally negotiated with Trudeau during the two-day G7 summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region and insists the USA agreed to the language in the communique in good faith. "The problem is that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short also sought to distance himself from Navarro's comments and told CNN's John Berman in an interview Monday that "those are words that I would not have chosen".

On Tuesday, Mr Trump kept up the attack on Mr Trudeau. "It was very friendly", Mr Trump said.

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The comments came after Mr Trudeau vowed to impose retaliatory measures in response to Mr Trump's trade tariffs. "That's going to cost him a lot of money".

Although Trump has repeatedly insisted that US workers have lost out under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the US Trade Representative's office confirmed the trade surplus falls more than $8 billion in Washington's favor.

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Asked whether he was apologizing, Navarro replied, "Yes, absolutely".

Navarro's willingness to walk back his outburst marked a departure from the Trump administration's never-say-you're-sorry approach to political crises.

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Ms Bishop said the Turnbull government's strong relationship with the United States administration was behind Australia securing an exemption to USA import tariffs on steel and aluminium. "We're the closest partners in the world, and you don't want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything".

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