White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is backing down on his “special place in hell” comment attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau called United States tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum “insulting” on Saturday after the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, prompting Navarro to respond a day later while appearing on “Fox News Sunday.” (RELATED: Navarro Goes Scorched Earth Attacking Trudeau Over Comments on Trump — ‘Special Place in Hell’)
“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. “And that’s what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.”
The White House adviser apologized Tuesday for the statement while in Washington, D.C. (RELATED: What’s Going On With Justin Trudeau’s Eyebrow?)
“In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message,” Navarro said. “I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words.”
Navarro’s apology may have come too late, as Canada’s House of Commons already passed a motion stating it condemns “disparaging ad hominem statements by U.S. officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations” on Monday.
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