White House trade adviser Peter Navarro today walked back his comments over the weekend saying that there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, acknowledging that his language was "inappropriate".
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Navarro, for his part, suggested that he was following orders - but made a poor choice of words in doing so.
At an event hosted by the Journal, Navarro said he had made a mistake, according to the newspaper. "Using that type of language is not professional, it's not called for, and I tell you, I was deeply disappointed to see this lack of professionalism on his part".
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who led the investigation into China's trading practices, "has identified some actions that the Chinese need to change and if they commit to doing that then I'm sure that we'll be able to think about next steps", Hassett said.
"The president, coming late, stands before the cameras and says, "Why don't we add Russian Federation to the group".
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The insults stemmed from a closing G7 press conference on Saturday in which Trudeau called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs. "That's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".
"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Trump told a news conference on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Trump said: "We have a big trade deficit with Canada.it's close to US$100 billion a year deal loss".
"We finished the [G7] meeting and really everybody was happy".
Mr Kudlow later suffered a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said Monday, but was in good condition.
Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the USA to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminium imports. "And it won't even be tough".
Deron Bilous, Economic Development and Trade Minister in Alberta's NDP government, said Canada shouldn't back down.
Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, a member of the government's advisory group on NAFTA, hailed Trudeau's approach, refusing to react to "the noise, the bluster, the Twitter, the emotional outbursts". Trump and Navarro in ratcheting up tensions with Canada since the tariffs were announced at the end of May. Among other things, she said the government should be preparing to keep pace with corporate tax cuts and tax breaks south of the border.
The United States has already imposed a 25% steel tariff on imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.
Canada is the U.S.'s largest trading partner, and the USA economy would struggle to make up for Canada's absence, Heyman noted. "The wounds will heal, but the question [is] how does the relationship get impacted? We must put the American worker first!" "We look forward to looking at the details of the agreement".