White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologized, sort of, to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, two days after saying there is a "special place in hell" for the leader of the United States' neighbor. Navarro's comments came after Trudeau said Canada would push back on tariffs that Trump plans to impose on Canadian steel and aluminum.
Ralph Goodale, Canadian public safety minister and former finance minister, applauded President Trump for reaching a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
At an event hosted by the Journal, Navarro said he had made a mistake, according to the newspaper.
Trump called Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" in tweets following the summit on Saturday.
Also on Sunday, Trump's economic advisor Larry Kudlow told CNN that Trudeau "stabbed us in the back".
Michael Byers, a professor of worldwide politics at the University of British Columbia, said that despite the current turbulence, the US-Canada relationship "transcends any president or prime minister".
As we've argued elsewhere, Trump appears to be targeting allies as a means of rupturing their mindset-convincing them that they are no longer deserving of American coddling just because of their geopolitical status.
Administration officials have cautioned that Trump has the final say.
"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Trump told reporters Tuesday in Singapore.
Trudeau incurred Trump's Twitter wrath when he reiterated Canada's opposition to the tariffs at the end of the G7 summit in Quebec on the weekend. "But actually we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very friendly".
"He's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States. "(Trudeau) learned. You can't do that. He also said that it was "kind of insulting" that Trump used national security to justify the tariffs against a longtime ally, and announced that Canada would be implementing "equivalent tariffs" on July 1.
The NAFTA talks have stalled since Trump last month imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum.
Navarro was not the only White House adviser to hit the airwaves on Sunday with a tough message about Trudeau.
Republican senators sharply criticized Navarro on Monday. Not exactly something you should be saying about our closest, both figuratively and literally, ally, especially not when they're meeting with other world leaders in meetings that you chose to skip out on.