Navarro apologizes for harsh comment about Canada PM

Trump Adviser Apologizes For Saying Trudeau 'Deserved Special Place In Hell'

Trump Adviser Apologizes For Saying Trudeau 'Deserved Special Place In Hell'

President Donald Trump's trade policy adviser, Peter Navarro, apologized Tuesday for his "inappropriate" comment suggesting that "there's a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At an event hosted by the Journal, Navarro said he had made a mistake, according to the newspaper.

"The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate", he said.

The insults were supposedly a response to the post-G7 news conference in which Trudeau repeated his diplomatic criticism of Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and said he would stand up for Canadians.

In response, Mr. Navarro told Fox News Sunday, "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump". No, I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau.

The president's staff then blasted Trudeau on Sunday with economic advisor Larry Kudlow accusing Canada of stabbing the U.S.in the back. (We certainly pray for a full and quick recovery.) Kudlow didn't go quite as far as Navarro did in consigning Trudeau to the nether regions, but his remarks were sharply personal in attacking Trudeau, especially in describing his remarks as personal betrayals of Trump. Canada does have very big advantages over us in terms of trade deficits.

Since then, several Trump aides have publicly criticized Trudeau. -Canada relationship in nothing but positive terms. "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau added.

Angela Merkel speaks with Donald Trump at the G7 meeting
Angela Merkel speaks with Donald Trump at the G7 meeting

Trump announced on Saturday that he would not sign the standard Group of Seven (G-7) communique at the end of the summit - after Trudeau announced that all of the group's members had come to an agreement. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

The issue has since taken on a life of its own, with the president repeatedly railing against supply management as an example of what he is says is Canada's unfair trade practices towards the U.S.

The coordinated attack against Trudeau from the US officials, not to mention Trump's tweets calling Trudeau "weak" and dishonest, has led former USA ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman to conclude the White House is trying to make Canada the scapegoat for troubled NAFTA negotiations. The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other USA products, starting July 1.

Margaret Wente: Donald Trump has finally made us mad.

Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, however, said North Korea's leader could also face harsh words.

"We've got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks".

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