President Trump's hardline trade adviser Peter Navarro on Tuesday backed off from his over-the-top attack on Justin Trudeau, in which he said there was "a special place in hell" for the Canadian PM for daring to criticize the president's policies.
"The next morning, on Fox News, my job - my mission - was to send a very strong signal of strength".
Peter Navarro told a business conference in Washington Tuesday that his comment about Mr. Trudeau's eternal damnation was "inappropriate".
"We finished the meeting, really everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Trump said.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister of "attacking" President Donald Trump after Canada's leader announced reciprocal tariffs on the USA and asserting his nation would not be 'pushed around.' Zachary Goelman reports.
He had said there was a "special place in hell" for Mr Trudeau for going against US President Donald Trump. Kudlow explained on CNN that the administration was lashing out at Trudeau to show Kim that Trump was not weak.
"We support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, (and) we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement", Trudeau said.
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"Let me correct a mistake I made", he said at the conference.
Trudeau had simply reiterated Canada's stated plan of imposing retaliatory dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
The Canadian leader did not directly respond to Navarro's comments, but Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called the remarks not "particularly appropriate or useful" later Sunday.
"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade.
Kudlow later suffered a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said Monday, but was in good condition. The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other USA products by July 1. "They don't take our farm products", Mr Trump complained at the news conference.
"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade any more".
"Canada does have a very big advantage over us".
"What I will tell you is that we have benefited tremendously from free trade as a state".