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.
In striking such a hostile tone against one of the oldest and closest USA allies, Navarro said Tuesday he was emboldened to send a "strong signal of strength" on the eve of the landmark summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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.
President Donald Trump is continuing to throw a tantrum over Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's comments following the G-7 meeting.
The criticism was echoed by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who joined Trump at the G7 meetings.
"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Trump told a news conference on Tuesday.
Trudeau said after the G-7 meeting that the aluminum and steel tariffs imposed by the USA on Canada on national security grounds were insulting and that "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".
But Trump has blasted long-standing alliances, and refused to endorse a communique at the end of the G7 summit that said participants were "guided by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and our commitment to promote a rules-based global order". -Canada relationship in nothing but positive terms.
Navarro was not the only Trump cabinet member to sound off on Trudeau. And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.
Earlier on Tuesday at the Washington conference, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said the United States and Canada need to "take a deep breath".
The coordinated attack against Trudeau from the US officials, not to mention Trump's tweets calling Trudeau "weak" and dishonest, has led former USA ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman to conclude the White House is trying to make Canada the scapegoat for troubled NAFTA negotiations. Bruce Heyman, a former USA ambassador to Canada, tweeted that Mr. Navarro should "formally and publicly apologize to Justin Trudeau and more importantly the Canadian people for his insulting and inappropriate remarks".
The motion also said the House rejects "disparaging ad hominem statements by US officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute".
"Everybody was happy, and then he gave out a little bit of an obnoxious thing", Trump said of the prime minister. "We look forward to looking at the details of the agreement".