WH Economic Adviser Belittles Canada's Military Sacrifices In Afghanistan
White House economic adviser Peter Navarro, who serves as the director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, made disparaging comments about Canada’s military efforts in Afghanistan, according to a new book by CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
- CTV News reported that in "The Madman Theory: Trump Takes On the World,” Sciutto claims Navarro said, "Every time that a Canadian shows up in a uniform, it's doing us a favor? How's that work?"
- The outlet explained that “Navarro’s comments were aimed at Canadian soldiers who served in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. More than 40,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces participated in the NATO mission after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.”
- “During the 12-year operation, 158 Canadian soldiers died, while thousands more returned with mental and physical injuries,” the report continued.
- Navarro is also quoted in the book as saying, "Were they doing us a favor, or were they brought into the idea they needed to do that as part of the global effort against terrorists? I mean, if they were just doing us a favor, maybe their government should have been thrown out of office."
- Sciutto said he was shocked by the comments, saying, "It was mind blowing to me, here. You have arguably America's closest ally in many respects … and the dismissiveness.”
- CTV News reported that Canada’s former Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier, “who at one point commanded the NATO ISAF in Afghanistan,” said Navarro’s comments were outrageous.
"And it shouldn't be men and women in uniform and those who served in Afghanistan, every Canadian should be insulted by comments like that … to put it all in that view is ignorant, and ignorance is perhaps more frightening than being insulted," he said.
- The book also reports that Navarro “expressed disdain for Canada's Liberal government, saying, ‘I mean, what's good about Canada? They're much more kind of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.’”