White House trade adviser apologizes for inappropriate comments on Canadian PM
Jun 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
Donald Trump has left the G7 network of global cooperation in disarray after he pulled the U.S. out of a previously agreed summit communique, blaming the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau whom he derided as "dishonest and weak". "I own that. That was my mistake, those were my words". Trudeau particularly objected to the Trump administration's decision to cite national security in imposing the tariffs, which the Canadian leader said was "kind of insulting" to Canadians who had fought alongside US forces in foreign wars.
Trump called Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" in tweets after the summit on Saturday. He complained that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference.
Leaving the Group of Seven Summit for Singapore, President Trump tweeted that he has instructed US representatives to not endorse a joint communique issued by the G-7 leaders. "Very dishonest & weak", the president tweeted.
"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.
The President of the United States Donald trump in an interview with ABC television, commented on the results of the recent summit "the Big seven" in Canada.
"We are urging all sides to resolve their differences on trade amicably", she told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.
"From the beginning we have said that our approach would be to hope for the best, to work for the best possible outcome but always be prepared for the worst, to have a Plan B, C, D, E and F - and maybe to the end of the alphabet".
Canada has announced retaliatory tariffs on $16.6-billion worth of US goods, from steel and aluminum to orange juice, pickles and bourbon.
Hayden also scoffed at the idea that Trump's actions were part of an elaborate strategy as the president prepares for an historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.
"We're being taken advantage of on trade", Trump said.
Mr. Trump has threatened to bring down a 25-per-cent tariff on all Canadian-made cars and trucks, which would hit four times more exports and jobs than the metals tariffs.