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White House aide apologises over 'special place in hell' comment Photos taken just 48 hours apart show the contrast between Trump's G7 talks and his summit with Kim Jong Un
Nellie Chapman | 14 June, 2018, 04:31

Speaking during a press conference following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, Trump suggested Trudeau's remarks during the G7, in which he claimed that Canada "will not be pushed around" by the United States, has soured the relationship between the pair.

Trump said that he watched Trudeau's press conference aboard Air Force One and was stunned.

"My job was to send a signal of strength", Navarro said Tuesday at a Wall Street Journal event. The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate.

Trump had made similar remarks late Saturday, accusing the Canadian leader of acting "meek and mild" during talks, before ther press conference.

Trump initially called Trudeau's comments a "dishonest" act.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, echoed Navarro in a CNN interview also on June 10, saying that Trudeau's comments amounted to a "betrayal".

And Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is traveling to Washington on Wednesday to try to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement, also emphasized the need for calm. "They understand what we are doing", he said before praising his "good" personal relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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

Chris Coons, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations, told MSNBC Trump had welcomed authoritarian leaders in other countries even as he "picks fights as he just did at the G7 with our longest, oldest closest allies: democracies, developed Western countries like Canada". Trump refused to endorse the group's joint statement, said that Russian Federation should be readmitted, and traded barbs with Trudeau over an intensifying trade conflict.

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

The 25 per cent tariff on imported vehicles threatened by President Donald Trump could cost the US auto industry 1 million sales annually. "But actually we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very friendly".

Never in my lifetime, at least that I'm aware of, have I ever seen the Canadian government have to unanimously come together to condemn the words and actions of the United States President. "(Trudeau) learned. You can't do that.

Navarro was not the only White House adviser to hit the airwaves on Sunday with a tough message about Trudeau.

They said the country's leaders have been reconsidering their approach to the United States because the Trump campaign was so vocal in its criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and that the issue was of concern across the Canadian political spectrum. Let us know what you think by voting in the poll above and sharing your thoughts in the comment section below.