In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Navarro had said that “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’s comment came after Trudeau, following the G7 summit in Quebec, said Canada would not be pushed around on trade, prompting Trump to withdraw his endorsement of the joint communique put out by the heads of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.
On Tuesday, Navarro said, “Let me correct a mistake I made,” telling the audience at the Wall Street Journal’s annual CFO Network conference that “in conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message. I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words.”
Asked if he were apologizing to Trudeau, he said, “Yeah, absolutely.”
His comment triggered criticism from many in US Congress, including key Republicans.
“It’s uncalled for. Just absolutely uncalled for,” Senator Cory Gardner, (R-Colo.), said Monday.
Also, Senator Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), said, “I’m pretty sure that circles of hell are not reserved for Canadians proposing retaliatory tariffs.”
After departing early from the summit for Singapore, Trump said in a tweet that “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left,” calling it “Very dishonest & weak.”