13 June 2018Hot off the Press
US President Donald Trump’s senior trade adviser Peter Navarro, has apologised for making comments against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week, saying they were inappropriate.
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 12, 2018
On Sunday, Mr Navarro appeared on Fox News and said that there was “a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy”, and that Mr Trudeau had “stabbed [Mr Trump] in the back on the way out the door.”
In an appearance at a Wall Street Journal event in Washington on Tuesday, Mr Navarro said that his mission on Sunday was to use strong words to back Mr Trump’s trade deals, but admitted that it was a stance that he had taken too far.
“In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message,” he said. “I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words.”
When asked if he was apologising for the comments he made, he replied, “Yes, absolutely”.
Public tensions arose between the US and Canada last week during the Group of Seven (G7) summit, where Mr Trudeau expressed that Mr Trump’s imposition of tariffs against Canada on national-security grounds had “insulted” Canada.
In turn, Mr Trump pulled the US out of the G7 joint statement.