White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologized, sort of, to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, two days after saying there is a "special place in hell" for the leader of the United States' neighbor.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Sunday that "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".
Speaking during a press conference following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, Trump suggested Trudeau's remarks during the G7, in which he claimed that Canada "will not be pushed around" by the United States, has soured the relationship between the pair.
Mr Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, suggested that Mr Trump saw Mr Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the summit with Mr Kim.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the podium to address the final news conference of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.
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"When it comes to Trump tweets there's a discount premium to them", said Carleton University professor and foreign policy expert Fen Hampson who advises Trudeau to "hunker down, say nothing, not rise to the bait".
The president said he was annoyed by Trudeau's comments about not letting Canada get pushed around.
"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", Navarro said.
"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he had said.
"We should not be thinking about this in terms of people rallying around Trudeau, but around the office", said pollster Nik Nanos, chairman of Nanos Research Group. Tuesday, Trump announced exactly that.
"Very dishonest and weak", he said.
Team Trudeau can sit back and let Canadians treat the Trump Twitter tirade as the latest example of Trump being Trump.
Navarro, a supporter of tariffs to help reduce the U.S.'s trade deficit and a longtime critic of China, turned his anger at Canada over the weekend as a Group of Seven meeting hosted by Trudeau ended in disarray and trade threats.
"We've got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks".