Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Senators seek to soothe relationship with Canada

Senators seek to soothe relationship with Canada

USA adviser Peter Navarro said there is a "special place in hell" for foreign leaders like Trudeau, which he has since apologized for.

Trudeau had said using national security as a justification for tariffs was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their USA allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

Back in July, Trump praised Trudeau at the G20 summit. He also said Canada "will not be pushed around".

At the G-7 summit in Quebec last week, what should have been a standard meeting between close allies turned acrimonious when Trump and his top deputies launched a slew of personal attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Trump administration says Canadian steel imports could hurt the US steel industry, impairing the ability of factories to produce steel and aluminum for military jets and ships, or transmission lines. Talking to CNN's "State of the Union" Trump's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, called Trudeau a betraying back-stabber.

Trudeau had simply reiterated Canada's stated plan of imposing retaliatory dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

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In striking such a hostile tone against one of the oldest and closest US allies, Navarro said Tuesday he was emboldened to send a "strong signal of strength" on the eve of the landmark summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I own that, that was my mistake, my words", he said at a Journal conference. One senior Trump adviser told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg that the Trump Doctrine could be summarized as "We're America, Bitch".

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

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

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".

That official and others said USA governors, state officials and lawmakers have a strong appreciation of the benefits of trade with Canada. "I've been called worse things by better people", the elder Trudeau replied.

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Also on Monday, former Trump aide and a former Breitbart editor Sebastian Gorka criticized Trudeau, calling him "childish".

"F-k you Trump. We just booked a $3,000 vacation to attractive British Columbia".

He said Trudeau's promise to follow through with tariffs on U.S. goods - a response to Trump's own tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union - would hurt the Canadian economy.

"I'll tell you this", he added.

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