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Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump adviser apologizes for 'inappropriate' comments targeting Tru..

Trump adviser apologizes for 'inappropriate' comments targeting Tru..

In a pair of tweets, Trump lashed out at his G-7 host, accusing its leader of being dishonest and weak and contending that Canada had taken advantage of US interests.

Navarro later apologized for the comments, telling a news conference in Washington on Tuesday: "My job is to send a signal of strength".

Trade adviser Peter Navarro told "Fox News Sunday" that "there is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy" with Trump.

Following Trump's departure from the G7 summit, Trudeau said Saturday at a press conference that USA steel and aluminum tariffs against Canada on national security grounds were "kind of insulting" and that Canada "will not be pushed around".

Trudeau triggered Trump's fury when he said that citing USA national security interests as justification for slapping tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum exports was "insulting".

Trump was by then on his way to his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, having left the G7 early and after a press conference of his own in which he complained about trade.

On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever summit between a U.S. and North Korean leader.

Trump had informed the Western allies of his plans to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.

G7 leaders jumped to the defence of Trudeau and reiterated their support for their joint statement.

Liberal MP and former dairy farmer Wayne Easter said there was a real sense of panic building in his P.E.I. riding over the implications of Trump's pronouncements following his departure from the G7 gathering.

On that note, Trump had cut short his trip to La Malbaie in Canada where the much-awaited G7 summit took place.

At the moment the photo was being taken, according to two senior diplomatic sources, there was a hard conversation taking place regarding the communique and the several issues the United States had leading up to it.

But Trudeau's absence was also likely part of a deliberate strategy to not add fuel to the Trump fire.

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".

Meanwhile, the Canadian province of Quebec has offered $C100 million ($A101 million) in loans and guarantees for steel and aluminium companies hit by the United States tariffs.

"Eyebrow gate" may well have been thanks to lighting at the press conference or pictures taken at a odd angle-but that hasn't stopped speculation about Trudeau's possibly fake eyebrows online, with Twitter loving the unusual images.

It's unclear what additional action the USA would take against Canada.

"The historic and important agreement we all reached at #G7Charlevoix will help make our economies stronger & people more prosperous, protect our democracies, safeguard our environment and protect women & girls' rights around the world", he wrote.

"Trudeau made a decision to attack the president".

A less measured response to Trump came from Roland Paris, a University of Ottawa professor who formerly served as a top foreign policy adviser to Trudeau.

That's not a problem if you think we don't need allies, because they're all going to hell anyway.

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