Navarro apologizes for 'special place in hell' remark about Canada's prime minister

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2018

Meanwhile, a top aide to US President Donald Trump apologized Tuesday for asserting that a "special place in hell" awaited Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following the acrimonious conclusion of a weekend G7 summit.

"My job was to send a signal of strength", he said at a Wall Street Journal CFO Network conference in Washington on Tuesday.

"I don't care how mad, how angry you are, you don't treat the head of state of another country like that unless you are getting ready for a military engagement of some kind", he said.

"There is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

Navarro's apology came days after Trump's spat with Trudeau over trade and the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned Tuesday that Canada is prepared for anything, even as the US considers auto tariffs that experts say would lead to a full-out trade war, harming both Canadian and American businesses.

But Trump didn't seem impressed by the comment.

On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump's name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau's decision to stand his ground against USA tariffs and tweeted presidential threats. "We just shook hands!"' Trump said.

Canada has announced retaliatory tariffs on $16.6-billion worth of USA goods, from steel and aluminum to orange juice, pickles and bourbon.

On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau.

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. And I say, push him around?

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Trudeau said the Liberal government looks forward to the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday's historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"He'll learn that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".

Trump said it "didn't look friendly" but it was "very friendly. The problem is that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".

"We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy". "(Trudeau) learned. You can't do that.

Another thing buoying Trudeau has been the near-universal Canadian response to Trump's comments.

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

One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.

"From the beginning we have said that our approach would be to work for the best possible outcome but to always be prepared for the worst, to have backup plans", she said.

And he confirmed that Canada would press ahead with dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs on July 1 as previously announced.

"Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that's on workers", Singh told a news conference on Parliament Hill.

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