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

Trump's trade adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has 'special place in hell'

Trump's trade adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has 'special place in hell'

President Donald Trump attacked America's closest allies in tweets after leaving the meeting in Canada.

Participation of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, at the G7 Summit, in Canada Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Giuseppe Conte, Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Shinzō Abe Date: 08/06/2018.

The attack on a longtime ally and its leader drew sharp criticism. Later, he echoed Trump's baiting of Trudeau, repeating the line that the Canadian statesman is "weak" and "dishonest". The U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada of $8.4 billion a year ago, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. And, if I may quote the words of the great Bear Bryant, "when you make a mistake you should admit it, learn from it, don't repeat it".

Commentators saw a parallel in past tensions between Trudeau's father and Richard Nixon, when the then-leader of the United States called Trudeau senior, in private conversations, a "pompous egghead" and a "clever son of a bitch".

"He's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States".

Yet his top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, downplayed the severity of the rift.

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The Trump administration took umbrage at an ally publicly criticizing US policy just before a historic meeting with Kim Jong-Un.

"I thought he should have kept his big mouth shut, because I don't think that helps us in foreign policy".

The comments dashed hopes that Trump had moved on from what he believed to be was a "dishonest" action by Trudeau. Among other things, she said the government should be preparing to keep pace with corporate tax cuts and tax breaks south of the border. His advisers took to the Sunday shows to pound Trudeau for his grand "betrayal".

Both aides accused Trudeau of betraying Trump, a Republican, at a news conference held after the US president had departed Canada. "That will not stand".

International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne echoed that sentiment, saying, "We'll continue to do diplomacy the Canadian way, which is to be positive, to be constructive and to make sure we are firm to defend our industries and our workers".

"Kim must not see American weakness", Kudlow said.

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In a display of calculated aggression, Kudlow thumped the table as he told CNN's State of the Union Trudeau had "stabbed us in the back" and instigated "a betrayal".

"Justin acts hurt when called out!" the USA president said in his latest Tweet.

Trump announced on Saturday that he would not sign the standard Group of Seven (G-7) communique at the end of the summit - after Trudeau announced that all of the group's members had come to an agreement. Trump wrote in another post on Twitter. Can't do it in person. "He's a pathetic little man-child".

Another user shared footage from the press conference, writing: "Justin Trudeau's left eyebrow detached after meeting Trump-so what?"

"On the steel tariffs I have a couple of fairly substantial operations in my own riding that are very anxious (about the USA penalties)".

Combine that scenario with the growing "boycott American goods" movement that is developing among G7 nations and there is a real possibility that Trump's tariff tirade could actually send the American economy into recession. From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".

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