“That was my mistake, those were my words” said Navarro.
Peter Navarro – Trade Adviser to US President Donald Trump – has apologized for saying there is a “special place in hell” for Justin Trudeau.
While speaking to Fox News following the G7, Navarro had said the following when referring to Trudeau:
“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.”
Today, at a conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal, Navarro walked the comments back:
“The day before, on Saturday, at the end of what was a very successful and friendly G-7 summit, shortly after Air Force One and the president left Canadian airspace, the prime minister of Canada held a press conference that this administration viewed as a breach of protocol and inappropriate. The next morning, on Fox News, my job, my mission, was to send a very strong signal of strength. And this was particularly important on the eve of an even more, a far more important summit on Korea. And the problem was in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate. I basically lost the power of that message. I own that. That was my mistake. Those were my words. And if I can quote the words of the great [football coach] “Bear” Bryant, ‘When you make a mistake, you should admit it, learn from it, don’t repeat it.'”
A video of Navarro’s apology can be seen below:
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 12, 2018
While Navarro’s apology may represent a reduction in tensions, Trump is clearly still pissed about Trudeau’s comments. At a press conference in Singapore, Trump said about Trudeau’s post-G7 remarks, “That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned. You can’t do that. You can’t do that.”
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