He added, "Those are my words, but they're the sentiment that was on Air Force One after that."
Navarro's comments 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."
The following day, Navarro's remarks brought swift criticism from Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch told CNN on Monday that Navarro "should have kept his big mouth shut because I don't think that helps us inform policy and I think frankly it was out of line."
"It's an awful way to treat your allies," Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN, adding that he doesn't believe he's "ever seen a statement like that against any of our worst enemies, let alone our allies."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told CNN that he doesn't think anyone should be "using overheated rhetoric."
White House legislative affairs director Marc Short also sought to distance himself from Navarro's comments and told CNN's John Berman in an interview Monday that "those are words that I would not have chosen."
CNN's Eli Watkins, Manu Raju and Phil Mattingly contributed to this report.
Source : https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/12/politics/peter-navarro-justin-trudeau/index.html
Publish Date : 2018-06-12 19:55:27