Navarro apologizes for harsh comment about Canada PM

Trump Withdraws Endorsement Of G-7 Communique Over Trudeau Statements

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has apologized for saying Justin Trudeau earned "a special place in hell" with his response to Donald Trump's complaints about US-Canada trade. And I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around?

"I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", he said.

Just as the G7 meeting of the world's leading industrialised nations had seemed to weather Mr Trump's threats of a trade war, the president backed out of the group's joint statement that Mr Trudeau said all the leaders had come together to sign.

Before flying to Singapore, Mr. Trump was in Canada for the G-7 summit with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. All seven leaders had worked out a joint statement stressing the importance of a rules-based global trading system.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney predicts Donald Trump's unprecedented diatribe against Justin Trudeau is a passing storm. Trump first agreed to sign a joint economic pledge, then pulled out after taking off in Air Force One, calling the Canadian Prime Minister "very dishonest and weak" after Trudeau vowed to retaliate against US tariffs on steel and aluminum. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said on the Fox News Sunday program.

And chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betrayal and stabbing Trump in the back.

Members of Parliament gave unanimous consent for a motion backing Canadian steel and aluminium, hit by U.S. tariffs, as well as the supply management system that supports key agriculture sectors, and gave a standing ovation for the government response to the Trump administration's verbal attacks on Trudeau.

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Navarro's comments Sunday were part of the White House's continued criticism of Trudeau after the prime minister announced that Canada would impose retaliatory measures to answer Trump's tariffs and warned that Canada would not be "pushed around".

Trump said on Twitter he found Trudeau's complaints about the new tariffs to be dishonest, and he explained the tariffs were in response to Canadian tariffs on dairy.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Trump said.

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea", Kudlow told CNN.

Trump went on to say that the U.S. gets "unfairly clobbered" on trade despite "protecting Europe at great financial loss".

"I'll tell you this", he added.

"I know it didn't look friendly".

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