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Trump: Canada will pay for words

President’s aide admits mistake

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published June 13, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk Friday at welcoming ceremonies for Group of Seven leaders in Charlevoix, Quebec.

SINGAPORE -- President Donald Trump reprised his criticism of Canada's prime minister Tuesday, threatening that Justin Trudeau's tough exchanges with him over trade policy would "cost a lot of money for the people of Canada."

Trump adviser Peter Navarro, meanwhile, said Tuesday that he made a mistake when he said "there's a special place in hell" for Trudeau.

Trump said he departed the Group of Seven summit that Trudeau hosted in Quebec late last week on "very friendly" terms with his six counterparts, including the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain.

"When I got on to the plane, I think that Justin probably didn't know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions," Trump said. "And I see the television, and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States. I say, push them around? We just shook hands. It was very friendly."

Trump said he was retaliating against Canada with countervailing tariffs, saying of Trudeau: "He learned that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned." Trump added, wagging his finger, "You can't do that. You can't do that."

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to U.S. national security. The move has been roundly criticized by Canada and the European Union, leading to heightened tensions at last week's G-7 summit.

Trump made his comments in a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump was asked about the contrast between the respect he accorded Kim on Tuesday and the hostility he has shown Trudeau in recent days, and what he would say to those who worry he is treating America's longtime friends, such as Canada, as enemies and its longtime enemies, such as North Korea, as friends.

"I think it's a very fair question," Trump said. "I had a very good meeting with the G-7. And I left the meeting, and I'll be honest, we're being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries very seriously."

Trump called Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" in tweets after the summit on Saturday.

When asked about Trump's remarks in Parliament on Tuesday, Trudeau said he supports Trump's efforts on North Korea and looks forward to the details of that agreement.

"On his comments, I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests," Trudeau said before walking away from reporters.

Trump advisers also took up the attack in appearances on Sunday's news shows, leveling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time. "There's a special place in hell for any foreign 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," Navarro said on Fox News Sunday.

Navarro seemed to apologize for the remarks on Tuesday.

"Let me correct a mistake I made," Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal conference Tuesday, according to video provided by the newspaper's CFO Network.

"My job was to send a signal of strength," he said at the conference in Washington. "The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message. I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words."

Citing the Chinese philosopher Confucius, Navarro said, "If you make a mistake and don't correct it, that's a mistake."

Asked if he was apologizing, Navarro said, "yeah, absolutely."

The apology could ease tensions after Canada's parliament condemned the personal attack on Trudeau and as Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland gets ready to meet with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today in Washington.

Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Tuesday that he's "glad" that Navarro admitted that he misspoke. "The comment was a bit over the top," Corker said.

A spokesman for Trudeau, Eleanore Catenaro, declined to comment on Navarro's acknowledgement of a mistake.

Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said:

"Navarro himself crossed a line, basically telling a leader of a foreign nation that he needs to go to hell. ...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."

Heyman waged a campaign on Twitter to persuade Navarro to apologize by saying he was contacting U.S. politicians about his remarks.

Navarro, who has frustrated some members of the Trump administration by encouraging the president's protectionist instincts, was also rebuked by Republicans for his coarse language.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said, "I thought he should've kept his big mouth shut."

And Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said that Navarro's comments were not the words that he would have chosen to characterize the leader of Canada.

"I think that the Judgment Day that separates us from heaven and hell is not dependent on whether you agree with the president," Short told CNN.

Earlier on Tuesday at the Washington conference, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said the U.S. and Canada need to "take a deep breath."

"There's been a lot of emotional action on all sides. And I think what people need to do at this moment is take a step back," Hassett said. "Politicians can get into disagreements and they can have heated disputes, but you have to think about where does this go, how bad could it get and the disputes are over a really, really small share of GDP."

TRUMP: PHOTO BENIGN

Trump also said at his news conference that a photograph released by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman that went viral captured a friendlier mood than what the snapshot conveyed to many analysts.

"The picture with Angela Merkel, who I get along with very well, where I'm sitting there like this" -- Trump said, crossing his arms -- "that picture, I'm waiting for the document because I wanted to see the final document."

Trump continued: "It was very friendly. I know it didn't look friendly; it was reported as nasty both ways, I was angry with her -- actually, we were just talking, the whole group, unrelated to everything, very friendly, waiting for the document to come back."

Information for this article was contributed by Philip Rucker of The Washington Post; by Zeke Miller, Catherine Lucey, Rob Gillies and Paul Wiseman of The Associated Press; by Jenny Leonard and Reade Pickert of Bloomberg News; and by Alan Rappeport of The New York Times.

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23cal says... June 13, 2018 at 5:58 a.m.

I cannot imagine a poorer basis for foreign trade policy than the petty personal vengeance of a thin-skinned narcissist.

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BoudinMan says... June 13, 2018 at 7:19 a.m.

What an embarrassment for our great nation. First daughter is reaping a financial windfall from daddy being president. trump is being bribed by China. He alienates our allies, while praising thug dictators like Kim and boyfriend Putin. Thanks to all responsible for elevating this walking abortion to POTUS.

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hah406 says... June 13, 2018 at 8:32 a.m.

Exactly how is our egotistical ignorant president going to make Canada pay? They are our number one trading partner. Those tariffs he is imposing are going to hurt the average U.S. consumer far worse than it will anyone in Canada. The man has no knowledge of world economics.

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mrcharles says... June 13, 2018 at 10:17 a.m.

Canada will pay for words, russia is our friend cause the stuff they do is not words , it is just actually killing of humans that they do. orange man and rocket man take long walks together , smiling and joking and thinking what a friggin idiot you are, and dear leader thinking what a stooge I am dealing with, China and putin land was right, you can play him like an accordion.

Yet I heard that canada can repent by accepting jesus as their savior, insuring no NHL player takes a knee at the playing of the USA national anthem [ by the way will be mandated in canada] and erecting trump statutes in all government offices [ evangelicals have approved this as they will not call the statutes Idols, but statutes like robert e lee statutes ] .

All andy williams recordings of canadian sunset will be required to be burnt at the stake.

MADNESS!

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RBear says... June 13, 2018 at 11:26 a.m.

"Navarro, who has frustrated some members of the Trump administration by encouraging the president's protectionist instincts, was also rebuked by Republicans for his coarse language." When I heard Navarro's statements followed by Larry Kudlow's spastic rants, you have to ask the question if we really have the right people in the top ranks of this administration. But, then I think that they reflect the stupid nature of our president and his inability to actually conduct himself in a rational manner.
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Regardless, CA and its leaders conducted themselves in appropriate ways even with the buffoons we currently have in the WH attacking one of our best allies. Trudeau continues to show how a leader should act instead of how one can make a fool of themselves.

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nrb says... June 13, 2018 at 1:02 p.m.

I think the American people and our Canadian allies are due an apology from this thug ridden administration.
Pig-ish thugs!!

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mrcharles says... June 13, 2018 at 7:51 p.m.

Pants on fire friend of putin

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WhododueDiligence says... June 13, 2018 at 9:11 p.m.

"Pants on fire friend of putin"
(putin pal palindrome)

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WhododueDiligence says... June 13, 2018 at 9:23 p.m.

(As An Acronym Anyway)

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