White House Director of the National Trade Council Peter Navarro apologized Tuesday for saying there was a “special place in hell” for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he conducted perceived “bad faith diplomacy” with President Donald Trump.
“My job was to send a signal of strength. The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate,” Navarro said at a conference in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported.
“I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words,” Navarro said.
Speaking with Fox News on Sunday regarding the feud between Trudeau and President Trump at the G-7 economic conference in Canada, Navarro blasted Trudeau, accusing him of ‘dishonest’ behavior towards Trump, and attempting to ‘stab’ the president in the back.
“There’s 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,” Navarro said.
Navarro suggested that his comments reflected President Trump’s feelings regarding Trudeau, saying they came “right from Air Force One.”
Shortly after Canada hosted the G-7 meeting, which Trump attended, Trudeau held a press conference following Trump’s departure. During the press conference, Trudeau lambasted the Trump administration’s trade policy, accusing the US of attempting to ‘push around’ its northern neighbor.
“Canadians … stood shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in far off lands in conflicts from the First World War onward,” Trudeau said.
“Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around,” Trudeau continued.
President Trump fired back at Trudeau with an early morning tweet Sunday, calling Trudeau’s suggestion that American trade policy constituted a form of aggression against Canada “false statements”, and accused Canada of maintaining its own high tariffs on US agricultural products.
“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!”
“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”
Also on Sunday, top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trudeau “stabbed us in the back” with a “double cross” at the G7 summit.
In a fiery interview, Kudlow called Trudeau’s press conference a “sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption.”
“President Trump played that process in good faith,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “So, I ask you: He gets up in the airplane and leaves, and then Trudeau starts blasting him at a domestic news conference? I am sorry, that’s a betrayal. That’s a double cross.”
On Monday, it was reported that Larry Kudlow had suffered a heart attack and was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later told reporters that Kudlow was in “good condition” and “doing well” after suffering a “mild” heart attack.
“Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack,” Trump wrote from Singapore just minutes before he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
By; Conor Beck