Excitement in the air" ahead of Kim meeting Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada Merkel: "EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs MORE for the attacks he directed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying they make Trump look "unstable, erratic and thin-skinned". "In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said at a Tuesday conference in Washington hosted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg reported.
Asked if he was apologising for the comments, Navarro said: "Yeah, absolutely". Blasting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being dishonest and weak during the summit, Trump pulled out from the carefully crafted final agreement, hours after calling it "tremendously successful".
Leaving the Group of Seven Summit for Singapore, President Trump tweeted that he has instructed USA representatives to not endorse a joint communique issued by the G-7 leaders. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said on the "Fox News Sunday" program.
Within minutes of the official release of the document, Trump attacked Trudeau online over what he described as the prime minister's "false statements" during the closing news conference - and the president announced the USA would no longer endorse the communique.
Note that Navarro expressed regret only for the language, not the message, which is that Trudeau had better show President Trump more deference in the future. "He learned", Trump said wagging his finger. "It was very friendly", Trump said.
A spokeswoman for Mr Trudeau, Eleanore Catenaro, declined to comment on Mr Navarro's acknowledgement of a mistake.
The US president, who arrived at the summit in Canada late and left early to fly to Singapore to prepare for his summit with Kim Jong-un, shocked fellow leaders with a bellicose press conference on Saturday in which he attacked the trade policies of other countries. "I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.
However, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative has said the United States ran an $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada in 2017.
The U.S. tariffs on Canadian imports of steel and aluminum have been set at 10% for aluminium and 25% for steel. This prompted Trudeau to announce retaliatory measures on U.S. goods. The sentiment was echoed by two of the president's top advisers on Sunday, who claimed Trudeau stabbed the U.S.in the back.
"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Trump told reporters Tuesday in Singapore.