United States President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro has apologized for saying there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It showed a seemingly glowering German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several other leaders appearing to confront a seated Mr Trump.
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If the tariffs are implemented, they will be applicable to all countries, including the US' largest imports - Mexico and Canada.
All in all, the U.S. president is, once again, out of tune with even his own allies on key issues, including trade and gender equality guidelines.
The United States is Canada's single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling $673.9 billion in 2017, and Washington enjoys a $8.4 billion surplus. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also pointed that Europe will have to act accordingly by announcing countermeasures while German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said that "the European Union will defend its interests and that the U.S. would ultimately lose out if the USA were determined to escalate the trade spat".
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"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade", he added in response to the threat of the retaliatory tariffs against the US.
Trump made his comments in a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Many analysts suggest Trump is perversely more at ease with traditional foes - contrasting his treatment of the likes of Canada's Justin Trudeau to the red-carpet welcome he recently gave Kim's right-hand man at the White House.
"To say Canada stabbed the president in the back".