After saying there was a special place in hell for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is now apologizing, saying he had been trying to quote "send a signal of strength" ahead of the U.S. summit with North Korea.
On Sunday, Navarro blasted Trudeau after he said he would retaliate in response to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs as he wrapped up hosting the G7 talks in Quebec.
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Navarro said, "There is a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J.
Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did." But at a Wall Street Journal event Tuesday, Navarro - one of Trump's loudest "nationalist" voices on trade - said, quote, "Let me correct a mistake I made last Sunday… My mission was to send a very strong signal of strength, this was particularly important on the eve of a far more important summit - Korea.
The problem is that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate." White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who is recovering from a mild heart attack, also blasted Trudeau over the weekend.
SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIC ADVISER LARRY KUDLOW, SAYING: "There is no way this president is not going to stand strong.
Trudeau should have known better." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, SAYING: "Canadians are polite, we are reasonable, but we will also not be pushed around." Trudeau's comments on Sunday also angered Trump… On his way to Singapore, Trump called him 'very dishonest and weak" and pulled the US from a communiqué signed by G7 allies, dashing efforts at unity.
When asked about Trump's comments, Trudeau on Tuesday avoided re-opening the battle.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, SAYING: "As I've said, I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests."