Trump aide apologizes for 'inappropriate' comments on Trudeau

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"I own that. That was my mistake, those were my words".

Navarro now regrets the "inappropriate" language he used, he admitted at a Wall Street Journal event on Tuesday.

Kudlow's comments were quickly followed by Director of the White House National Trade Council Peter Navarr, who said there is a "special place in hell" reserved for anyone who double-crosses Trump.

According to Trump's account of the moment, G7 attendees were content following the conclusion of the meetings until Trudeau took his stand. Also, contrary to Trump's attacks, the United States maintained a $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada previous year, mostly due to a large advantage in services.

After Mr. Trudeau's press conference, Mr. Trump said the steel tariffs were applied to Canada because of Canadian tariffs on USA dairy imports.

"I'm very confident that relationships between our countries, the United States and those G-7 countries, will continue to move forward on a strong basis", Mr. Pompeo told reporters, speaking in advance of Mr. Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

A day before, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also lashed out at Trudeau.

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The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to US national security.

He added: "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did and that comes right from Air Force One".

"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", he said.

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".

Navarro took a decidedly more conciliatory tone Tuesday, but still asserted that Trudeau had committed a "breach of protocol" that the Trump administration considered "inappropriate". "He learned, that's going to cost a lot of money to the people of Canada".

Earlier on Tuesday at the Washington conference, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said the U.S. and Canada need to "take a deep breath".

After the G-7 summit, Trudeau hosted a news conference where he said that the Canadian government "did not take" the USA tariffs against Canada lightly. I think he should apologize to the prime minister. You know they put out a document, I don't know if you saw it.

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