Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro apologized on Tuesday for saying there was a “special place in hell” for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“which was my mistake. Those were my words,” Navarro said at a Washington conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal.
“My job, my mission, was to send a very strong signal of strength. in addition to This specific was particularly important on the eve of an even more, a far more important summit on Korea. in addition to the problem was, in conveying which message, I used language which was inappropriate,” Navarro said.
Navarro made his earlier comments on Sunday, after the G-7 summit, in which President Donald Trump struck a tough position on trade with the United States’ closest allies. The president withdrew American support for a joint communique signed by the additional G-7 countries, including Canada.
“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader which engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump in addition to then tries to stab him within the back on the way out the door,” Navarro told “Fox News Sunday.”
Trump had cited comments Trudeau made at a news conference held after Trump had left for the North Korean nuclear summit in Singapore. Trudeau called American tariffs on Canadian steel in addition to aluminum “unjustly applied to us” in addition to “kind of insulting.”
“Canadians are polite, we’re reasonable, yet we also will not be pushed around,” Trudeau said.
On Tuesday, as Navarro retreated by his statements, the president continued his attack on Trudeau by Singapore.
“[Trudeau] had a news conference, which he had because he assumed I was in an airplane in addition to I wasn’t watching,” the president said at a press briefing. “He learned. which’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned. You can’t do which. You can’t do which.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment by CNBC.
Here is usually Navarro’s full apology:
“The day before, on Saturday, at the end of what was a very successful in addition to friendly G-7 summit, shortly after Air Force One in addition to the president left Canadian airspace, the prime minister of Canada held a press conference which This specific administration viewed as a breach of protocol in addition to inappropriate. The next morning, on Fox News, my job, my mission, was to send a very strong signal of strength. in addition to This specific was particularly important on the eve of an even more, a far more important summit on Korea. in addition to the problem was in conveying which message I used language which was inappropriate. I basically lost the power of which message. I own which. which was my mistake. Those were my words. in addition to if I can quote the words of the great [football coach] “Bear” Bryant, ‘When you make a mistake, you should admit which, learn by which, don’t repeat which.'”