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Trump confused by Trudeau's 'pushed around' comment: 'We just shook hands!'

Trump confused by Trudeau's 'pushed around' comment: 'We just shook hands!'

President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro expressed regret Tuesday for having said there is "a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He called on Trudeau to apologise to Trump.

The House of Commons passed a unanimous motion Monday backing Trudeau's stand against the US and it castigated Trump for his attacks on the prime minister and Canada.

He asserted, with no evidence, that Trudeau only dared to say Canada wouldn't be pushed around because he didn't think Trump, who was on board Air Force 1 en route to Singapore, would see him.

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", Navarro said. "We just shook hands!"'

Mr Trump plans to leave the summit mid-morning on Saturday, four hours earlier than originally planned, to fly to Singapore ahead of his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Navarro came under scrutiny Sunday for bashing Trudeau after the prime minister criticized Trump in the wake of the G-7 summit held in Canada.

At the event, Mr Trudeau said Canada would take retaliatory steps in response to Mr Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs imposed on Canada and other allies.

The President said he had told fellow G7 nations that the USA requires fair market access and end to unfair trading practices.

Heyman added he's "of course ... embarrassed" about Trump's behavior during the G-7 meeting, arguing the United States "was doing everything it could do to disrupt this meeting".

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around". It also maintains strict limits on sugar imports that effectively raise the price of overseas sugar by almost 57 percent, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America's biggest trade partners, including Canada.

Canada controls dairy supplies, prices and imports, and the system has recently become the main target of Trump's verbal attacks amid talks toward a new trade agreement.

But the Harper government was uniquely positioned, said Christopher Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, in that it had money to compensate farmers, few seats in Quebec and a massive trade deal to sell at the time. So far, numerous tariffs under discussion have been threatened but not yet implemented.

The minister stayed above the fray on those attacks, but she did not hesitate to repeat Canada's opposition in the bluntest of terms - in particular the use of Section 232 of US trade law to justify the action on national security grounds.

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