White House aide apologises for 'special place in hell' comment

President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained in recent days about Canadian tariffs on dairy products

President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained in recent days about Canadian tariffs on dairy products

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

"My mission was to send a strong signal of strength", Navarro said at the event, according to the Journal.

Note that Navarro expressed regret only for the language, not the message, which is that Trudeau had better show President Trump more deference in the future.

The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion Monday rejecting "disparaging ad hominem statements by US officials", taking aim at Mr. Trump and his advisers for tearing into Mr. Trudeau beginning moments after the president departed the G-7 summit on Saturday.

After Trump left the event, he launched a scathing attack on Canada's tariffs, while Trudeau called the USA president's steel and aluminum imports tax "kind of insulting", and insisted that Canadians "will not be pushed around" when it comes to further talks.

Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, on Monday slammed Donald Trump's treatment of Justin Trudeau, and Canada in general, demanding the president apologize for his surrogate's claim there's a "special place in hell" for people like the Canadian prime minister.

"I don't care who you are talking about, unless you are on the verge of some kind of military engagement or something, I don't think that's language that anyone would use with any friends at the bar", he said.

"I think he set the news in a completely wrong direction as he headed off to Singapore", Heyman said. He then asserted multiple times to the room full of reporters that he has a "good relationship" with Trudeau.

At the G-7 summit, Trudeau doubled down and said, "Canadians will not be pushed around".

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On Saturday morning, Canadian officials had also expressed a modest new feeling of optimism about talks on the North American free-trade agreement, and that that might be a way of getting an exemption to new US tariffs on steel and aluminum. Trudeau's unwavering defiance and public chastizing has deeply angered Trump; so much so that he said he has vowed to seek new ways to punish Canada. "I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau", he said.

That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did.

Trump also continued to denounce Canada's system of supply management to protect the domestic dairy, egg and poultry industry, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on American imports of those products.

He complained again about the news conference Mr. Trudeau gave after the President left the Group of Seven summit early - suggesting the PM expected to sneak in pugnacious phrases while Mr. Trump was on a flight to Singapore.

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

Music critic David Wild reacted to the conflict on Sunday by encouraging others to consider what Canada has given its USA neighbours.

Trump, who has since threatened to impose tariffs on Canada, added: "He learned". Canada has signed a trade deal with the European Union and is part of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a deal Trudeau helped salvage after Trump jettisoned it upon taking power.

"We've got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks".

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