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Navarro voices regret for harsh words about Canadian leader

Navarro voices regret for harsh words about Canadian leader

A reporter at the news conference in Singapore asked Trump why he seemed to be treating Kim, a dictator who has brutally oppressed his own people and threatened to attack the United States with nuclear weapons, better than the prime minister of one of our closest allies.

Tensions have been building between the two countries for months, as President Trump has targeted Canada as one of the many countries he sees as giving American the short end of the stick in trade deals.

Canadian lawmakers unanimously voted to oppose the U.S.' "illegitimate tariffs" on Canadian steel and aluminum and condemned disparaging statements made by the Trump administration about Canada. Between 2000 and 2014, there have been about five million manufacturing jobs lost across the country as trade deficits continue soaring.

The president also withdrew US support for a G-7 communique.

Trump's salutary sentiment in favor of totally free trade was, however, swept away in a fit of Twitter pique at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who rather mildly suggested that Canadians would retaliate against Trump's new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Navarro appeared on "Fox News Sunday", and Kudlow was on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation" and Harper spoke on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures".

At his closing press conference, Trudeau called US steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.

White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro dodges the press after speaking on Fox News at the White House in Washington DC
“I used language that was inappropriate,” trade adviser Peter Navarro said according to Wall Street Journal reporters. | Getty

Trump fired back at Trudeau on Twitter, saying that the US would not sign the joint communique signed by the other nations at the G-7 summit. You said that that came from Air Force One.

Trump refused to endorse the group's joint statement, said that Russian Federation should be readmitted, and traded barbs with Trudeau over an intensifying trade conflict. "He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea. He can't do that". European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "There is a special place in heaven" for Trudeau.

After Kudlow's comments, Trump added to his string of criticisms against Canada in a series of tweets on Sunday night.

It is unclear if Mr Trump's focus on getting tough with trade partners and solving the North Korean nuclear issue will have some influence on voters in the mid-term congressional elections in November.

"If your objective is to have the American companies as well as the Japanese set up on the US side of the border, you're asking private companies to absorb billions of dollars of costs", Volpe said, adding that it would make the North American industry less competitive against rising Chinese players. Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%.

He then reminded his viewers about Trump's disastrous phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull where he, at first, raged about the refugee settlement agreement brokered by the Obama administration and then went ahead and abruptly ended what was expected to be an hour-long call halfway in. "Canada. Maybe we need a northern wall", he said. "Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!"

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