Peter Navarro says his job was to send a "signal of strength" after Trudeau's post-G7 news conference sent the US president into a fit of pique that threw the summit into disarray.
Trudeau had said using national security as a justification for tariffs was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their U.S. allies in conflicts dating back to World War I. But he also said that critical comments from Justin Trudeau would cost Canada "a lot of money".
The president's surrogates also piled on during Sunday U.S. news shows, with Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro saying there was "a special place in hell" for Trudeau.
"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal conference Tuesday, according to video provided by the newspaper's CFO Network. "The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".
Navarro condemned Trudeau following the Canadian leader's news conference after his summit meeting with Trump and other world leaders from the Group of Seven.
"We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy". "Having said that we are aware that investigation on autos under Section 232 has been initiated". The president tweeted from Air Force One that Trudeau was "dishonest", and weak.
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.
Trudeau, Trump told ABC News, "shouldn't have done that. We just shook hands!'" Trump said Tuesday.
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In Vermont, where Trump is particularly unpopular, a few choice words from the president won't keep people away from a popular weekend getaway on either side of the border, says one keen observer.
I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau.
The president said he was annoyed by Trudeau's comments about not letting Canada get pushed around.
He said it "didn't look friendly" but it was "very friendly".
Canada, she said, is still seeking a "win-win-win" NAFTA deal, while adding that Ottawa will remain "absolutely resolute in defense of the national interest".
The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, arguing that they posed a threat to U.S. national security.
A recent report by the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that blanket 25-per-cent tariffs on automobile imports to the US, including auto parts, would reduce production by 1.5 per cent and could cause job losses of 195,000 in the USA over the first three years, and would affect $200 billion in US imports.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the federal government to get serious about drafting a rescue plan for steel and aluminum workers, who are going to feel the brunt of the initial impact of the dispute - and soon.
"I think as all of you know I believe it is always unwise to venture hypothetical responses to hypothetical actions", Freeland told reporters on Parliament Hill Tuesday.