Canadian Ambassador has “conversations” with US administration after senior Trump adviser disparages Canadian troops

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OTTAWA – Canadian Ambassador to the United States Kirsten Hillman has said she has had “conversations” with the United States administration following derogatory comments from Trump’s senior adviser Peter Navarro about the troops Canadian. Addressing CTV’s question period during Sunday’s episode, Hillman noted that the Canadian forces are “deeply respected by the United States and the Americans.”

However, when asked if she took any action following the inflammatory comments, Hillman said she did.

“I had conversations, yeah,” Hillman told Question Period host Evan Solomon.

Solomon pressed Hillman further, asking if she had obtained an apology from the Americans she had told about the problem.

“Many of my network of contacts here in Washington have expressed their deep gratitude and respect for Canadian troops,” Hillman said in response.

Navarro, who serves as director of President Donald Trump’s Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, says his comments were “taken out of context” after appearing to question Canada’s contribution to the war waged by the United States in Afghanistan, where 158 Canadian soldiers died and over 40,000 served in the 12-year operation.

“Any time a Canadian shows up in uniform, is that doing us a favor?” How it works? Navarro said in a taped interview that was published in the new book “The Madman Theory: Trump Takes On the World”.

The book’s author and Navarro’s interviewer, CNN’s chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto, retorted that “many” Canadians “died in Afghanistan.”

“Yeah,” Navarro said. “Yes, but did they do us a favor or were they convinced they had to do it as part of the global effort against terrorists?” I mean if they were just doing us a favor, maybe their government should have been fired. Is not it? ”

When Navarro’s comments first appeared in August, they angered Canada’s top military officials.

Former Chief of the Defense Staff General Rick Hillier, who at one time commanded NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, weighed in at the time to say that ” all Canadians should be insulted by comments like these ”.

Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan also weighed in on Twitter after Navarro’s comments were made public.

“Canadians will not forget their sacrifice and after serving alongside them, I know the US military and ordinary Americans will remember that Canada was there for them when needed,” said Sajjan.

With files from Richard Madan of CTV National News

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