Trudeau and his ministers were careful to say nothing that would add fuel to Trump's ire, hoping it will dissipate once the president is no longer stressed about his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Not specifically, but figuratively.
"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Trump said Tuesday of the G-7. Oh, he got them to pledge to consider denuclearizing, just like they've done more than a dozen times in the last 30 years, made that same pledge. It was very friendly. During the Second World War, the US joined Canada and the Allied forces to defeat the Axis powers. There wasn't really another option for a Canadian politician.
G7 leaders jumped to the defence of Trudeau and reiterated their support for their joint statement.
"You will see over the next couple of weeks", Bloomberg quoted Trump as saying. US dairy farmers do very well here in the United States anyway.
Before the apology, some US lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the strong language the White House and Trump have used toward Canada in contrast to the praise he gave North Korea at Tuesday's summit in Singapore.
"Justin probably didn't know that Air Force has about 20 televisions", Trump said.
At the summit's conclusion on Saturday, Trudeau reiterated that Ottawa was prepared to retaliate against the new tariffs if the United States did not back down, and said Canadians "would not be pushed around".
And Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said that Navarro's comments were not the words that he would have chosen to characterize the leader of Canada.
On Saturday morning, Canadian officials had also expressed a modest new feeling of optimism about talks on the North American free-trade agreement, and that that might be a way of getting an exemption to new USA tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Days ago, he called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak". He forced the Canadian PM to react.
The president also withdrew US support for a G-7 communique. Reporters rushed to ask Canadian officials about it. Mr. Trudeau had to unequivocally deny it.
The president also discussed in Singapore the viral photo taken of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others standing before him. Secondly, some buyers would choose to purchase locally produced vehicles that are cheaper while others may simply postpone the purchase of a new auto in the hope that the tariffs are only temporary.
Note that Navarro expressed regret only for the language, not the message, which is that Trudeau had better show President Trump more deference in the future. It's just obvious Canadian politics. "That's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".