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Trump’s Trade Adviser Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Trudeau Comments

12 June 2018

Michael Hayden, the former Central Intelligence Agency director under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, blasted President Donald Trump Monday as "unstable" following his actions at the G-7 summit in Canada this weekend.

He also addressed the viral photo from the G-7 summit, in which Merkel is shown planting both hands firmly on the table as she addresses Trump, who is seated before her with his arms crossed wearing a dispassionate expression.

Trudeau on Saturday pushed back against Trump's decision to impose stiff tariffs on Canada, vowing not to be "pushed around" by the U.S.

Navarro's' attack came amid a war of words over trade between Trump and Trudeau.

White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro dodges the press after speaking on Fox News at the White House in Washington DC
“I used language that was inappropriate,” trade adviser Peter Navarro said according to Wall Street Journal reporters. | Getty

"I get into Air Force One, the television's on, and I see a news conference being given by [Trudeau]", Trump said of leaving the G-7 summit held in Canada this weekend.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on some of Washington's closest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the United State's trade deficit, following a divisive G7 meeting in Canada. And I say, 'Push him around?

Mr Trudeau and the European Union have vowed to take retaliatory action next month over United States tariffs on steel and aluminum.

In the same set of tweets, Trump said: "Justin acts hurt when called out!"

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Peter Navarro had said on Sunday there was a "special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy" with Mr. Trump "and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

And it concludes with a direct shot at Trump, calling on the House to "reject disparaging and ad hominem statements by US officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute".

"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" he tweeted.

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"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", he said.

Addressing reporters in Singapore ahead of Trump's summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo said he was "unconcerned" that Trump's treatment of Canada - a close ally - boded poorly for his ability to forge peace with a longtime US adversary.

But the criticism left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped. Some of Trump's aides also lashed out at the Canadian prime minister. "You know, we put out that picture". He described all seven leaders coming together to sign the joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs".

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Trump’s Trade Adviser Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Trudeau Comments