Canada–United States relations

Navarro apologizes for "inappropriate" Trudeau comment

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro holding an interview. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro called his Sunday statement that "there's a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "inappropriate" at a Wall Street Journal event this morning.

"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, my words."
— Peter Navarro at a Wall Street Journal CFO Network event

Go deeper: The fallout from the Trump-Trudeau G7 spat.

Trump continues G7 trade criticism: "Justin acts hurt when called out!"

In a series of Sunday night tweets, President Trump repeated his claims of unfair international trade practices against the United States' closest allies in the G7, saying that "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal" — and singling out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The latest: Earlier this afternoon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Trump's decision to pull out of the G7's joint communique via tweet as "sobering and a bit depressing."