US Amb. Bruce Heyman: They 'Punched Canada in the Face'

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

President Donald Trump's trade policy adviser, Peter Navarro, apologized Tuesday for his "inappropriate" comment suggesting that "there's a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro told the audience at the Wall Street Journal's annual CFO Network conference Tuesday.

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

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Freeland said.

In a post-signing news conference and in an interview with ABC News, the president recounted how miffed he was to hear Trudeau's G7 wrap-up news conference, where the prime minister reiterated Canada's intention to impose counter-tariffs on USA goods in retaliation for Trump's imposition of crippling tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

In a statement Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skillful chairing". "And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt news conference".

The motion calls on the House to recognize the importance of Canada's "long-standing, mutually beneficial trading relationship" with the USA, "strongly oppose" the "illegitimate tariffs" imposed on steel and aluminum, stand "in solidarity" with the Trudeau government's decision to impose retaliatory tariffs and remain united in support of the supply management system of regulating Canada's dairy and poultry industry. While Trudeau has a wide range of counter-strike options available, Canada remains vulnerable to a trade war.

Since then, several Trump aides have publicly criticized Trudeau. As for cross-border trade, the US sold $631 million in dairy to Canada in 2016 while Canada sold $112 million to the U.S.

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On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Trump said in Singapore.

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", Navarro said.

After a pre-summit meeting of G-7 finance ministers, in which Washington was rebuked by the other six members on June 2, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that despite sharp disagreements on trade, the other countries remain "our most important allies".

Fresh off lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter and calling him "very dishonest" and "weak", the US President has publically slammed Trudeau again.

Heyman said Trump's tweets and protectionist about-face could and force Canada to look for trade partners beyond the USA, noting Canada's trade frameworks with Europe and Asia.

Canada is America's largest trading partner, he said, adding that the USA economy would struggle to make up for Canada's absence in a tariff tit-for-tat. The U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada of $8.4 billion a year ago, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

"We have been encouraging the federal government to engage with China on free-trade talks because there is such significant potential in that market", said Bilous.

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