Trump agreed with the language in the communique from the summit in Canada Friday and Saturday, but took offense at criticism of USA tariffs by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his news conference after Trump left early.
In the end, Trump never visited the sessions on climate or the ocean, but held its own news conference, where he slammed "unfair trade" and promised to cut ties with countries that didn't adhere to a "zero tariffs", policy, then leaving for a summit in Singapore.
Speaking at a conference in Washington on Tuesday, Navarro said his "job" in appearing on Fox News Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of the G7 summit in Quebec had been "to send a signal of strength". "The problem is that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate". Trudeau's comments centered around Trump's lack of understanding when it comes to global trade.
"Everybody was happy, and then he gave out a little bit of an obnoxious thing", Trump said of the prime minister.
Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, on Monday slammed Donald Trump's treatment of Justin Trudeau, and Canada in general, demanding the president apologize for his surrogate's claim there's a "special place in hell" for people like the Canadian prime minister.
"I left the [G7] meeting and I'll be honest, we are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries, very, very seriously", Trump said.
At a news conference in Singapore, the president said Trudeau only made his comments about not being bullied because he thought Trump was on an airplane and would not hear about them.
Navarro said Sunday that his sentiment came "right from Air Force One".
Navarro was not the only Trump cabinet member to sound off on Trudeau. In a series of tweets, the United States president called him "very dishonest and weak" and accused him of making false statements. Kudlow explained on CNN that the administration was lashing out at Trudeau to show Kim that Trump was not weak.
"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). And frankly, I think that's out of line", Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, told reporters.