White House Trade Official Backs Away From His Insult to Trudeau

White House Trade Official Backs Away From His Insult to Trudeau

White House Trade Official Backs Away From His Insult to Trudeau

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbour.

Trump's attacks accelerated leading up to the weekend Group of Seven summit in Quebec, which ended with Trump withdrawing USA support for the G7's communique and criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

After comments Sunday by Kudlow and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, Canada's foreign affairs minister said Ottawa "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks" and was justified in responding to Trump's tariffs. "That's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

Conservatives weren't the only ones offering support as Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tweeted that the prime minister was handling Trump's "outbursts" and "bullying" as well as anyone, and "all Canadian leaders need to support Trudeau". "And that comes right from Air Force One".

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro told the audience at the Wall Street Journal's annual CFO Network conference Tuesday. "The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".

"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Mr Trump to the G7 summit said on Monday morning on CNN.

Kudlow said the USA participated in G7 talks and bilateral talks on NAFTA in good faith and that Trump had been "charming".

Trump said he was retaliating against Canada with countervailing tariffs, saying of Trudeau: "He learned that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".

Navarro lashed out on Fox News following a multi-day tirade by Trump and his administration over trade and Canada's response to tariffs imposed by the U.S. Trump said Monday that Kudlow was admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack.

"To leave Canada the way that we did and to make the statements about a trusted ally like this is just wrong", Flake told reporters, according to ABC News.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau “said nothing he hasnt said before — both in public and in private conversations” with Trump.

Republican Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota questioned what Trudeau could have done "that was so offensive that it required that type of a comment?" It was very friendly.

The prime minister said although retaliation "is not something I relish doing", he would not hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".

Smith also recounted the incident when Trump denied German chancellor Angela Merkel a handshake during a meeting in the Oval Office.

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