Navarro sorry for 'special place in hell'' for Trudeau remark

Navarro sorry for 'special place in hell'' for Trudeau remark

US President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets yesterday venting anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union (EU) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive Group of Seven (G-7) meeting over the weekend.

"Canadians. stood shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in far-off lands in conflicts from the First World War onward", Trudeau said Saturday at a press conference, The Washington Post reported.

Mr Navarro reportedly said on Tuesday his remarks were a mistake and his language was inappropriate. "I own that, that was my mistake, my words", the trade adviser said.

Still, the potential US fallout could make the tariffs a hard sell to Trump's manufacturing base, said Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, which represents Canadian autoworkers at GM, Ford and FCA.

In a tweet, Trump charged Trudeau with "false statements" and accused him of being "dishonest" and "weak".

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was grilled by the NDP during question period after Trudeau indicated on NBC's "Meet the Press" last week that the government was open to relaxing the system as part of a new NAFTA deal.

Trump and his inner circle were irked by Justin Trudeau's comments to media that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the USA and will respond in kind to tariffs slapped on steel and aluminum on the "insulting" grounds of national security.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Sunday that "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries". Miffed at the pushback from Trudeau, Trump tweeted, "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!".

"Kim must not see American weakness", Kudlow said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a television interview Sunday that Trump "is right to a certain extent" when he criticized Germany for spending only 1.3 percent of economic output on defense, short of the 2 percent guideline set by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Trump often hurls personal insults, without apology, from calling Mexican undocumented immigrants "rapists" to mocking a reporter with a disability on the campaign trail. "That's going to cost him a lot of money", he said.

Peter Navarro says his job was to send a "signal of strength" after Trudeau's post-G7 news conference sent the USA president into a fit of pique that threw the summit into disarray.

Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America's biggest trade partners, including Canada.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he had said.

"[Trump] wants to move all of that manufacturing back to the States, [but] we don't have people to actually do this work", Heyman said.