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.
"My mission was to send a strong signal of strength", Navarro said at the event, the Journal reported.
On Tuesday, Mr Trump kept up the attack on Mr Trudeau.
Navarro, for his part, suggested that he was following orders - but made a poor choice of words in doing so.
'I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message, ' says Navarro.
On Trump's handling of trade - where the populist president has taken major steps to enact his economic nationalist agenda - almost 80 percent of Republican voters said they approve of trade actions thus far.
"On (Trump's) comments, I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests".
At that post-G7 press conference on Saturday, Trudeau had called US steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and said he would proceed with retaliatory tariffs that he'd already announced. "And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt news conference". "And I see the television, and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States".
"We have been encouraging the federal government to engage with China on free-trade talks because there is such significant potential in that market", said Bilous.
"We finished the [G7] meeting and really everybody was happy". "And it won't even be tough".
- Dan O'Donoghue (@MrDanDonoghue) June 11, 2018The moment of levity comes amid increased trade tensions between the US and Canada.
The Trump administration is proceeding with plans to impose tariffs on at least $50 billion of Chinese goods over accusations of intellectual property theft. Canada does have very big advantages over us in terms of trade deficits.