White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has apologized for saying that there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after Trudeau announced that Canada would be slapping "equivalent tariffs" on the United States.
"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", he said.
His apology came days after Trump and Trudeau verbally sparred over the G7 summit in Canada.
"Obviously we support the continuing efforts by the President on North Korea", the Canadian prime minister said.
In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision to rescind support for the statement was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on US companies.
The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, arguing that they posed a threat to USA national security.
Navarro then went on Fox News and harshly criticized Trudeau in one of the fiercest attacks aimed at a foreign head of state by a relatively obscure administration official.
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They said the country's leaders have been reconsidering their approach to the U.S. because the Trump campaign was so vocal in its criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and that the issue was of concern across the Canadian political spectrum. Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against Trudeau following the G-7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, calling him "dishonest and weak". "In conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message".
But Trudeau's absence was also likely part of a deliberate strategy to not add fuel to the Trump fire.
"There are things we can't control, and Mr. Trump is one of them, but we can control tax policy, for instance; regulatory policy, for instance; and we are now less competitive".
"I had a good relationship with Justin Trudeau, I really did".
On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump's name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau's decision to stand his ground against USA tariffs and tweeted presidential threats.
Navarro and Trump's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, took to the television talk show circuit Sunday to reinforce Trump's message. "That's going to cost him a lot of money". "We must put the American worker first!"
That official and others said U.S. governors, state officials and lawmakers have a strong appreciation of the benefits of trade with Canada.
Chris Coons, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations, told MSNBC Trump had welcomed authoritarian leaders in other countries even as he "picks fights as he just did at the G7 with our longest, oldest closest allies: democracies, developed Western countries like Canada".