Peter Navarro. The Guardian

Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, apologized on Tuesday after saying “there’s a special place in hell” for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is in a trade dispute with President Donald Trump.

“In conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message. I own that. That was my mistake, those were my words,” Navarro said at the Wall Street Journal’s annual CFO Network conference.

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Following the G7 summit in Quebec, Navarro told “Fox News Sunday” that “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.”

He added, “Those are my words, but they’re the sentiment that was on Air Force One after that.”

Navarro’s comments on Sunday were part of the White House’s continued criticism of Trudeau after the prime minister announced that Canada would impose retaliatory measures to answer Trump’s tariffs and warned that Canada would not be “pushed around.”