The apology could ease tensions after Canada's parliament condemned the personal attack on Trudeau and as Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland gets ready to meet with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday in Washington.
Trump's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, similarly took the airwaves over the weekend to call Trudeau's remarks after the summit a "betrayal" of the president. After all, he's not the world leader running slave-labor concentration camps and aiming nuclear weapons at the United States and its allies.
Mr. Trump's news conference was also filled with belligerent claims that he had laid down the law on trade, warning that other countries better not follow through with retaliation to his steel tariffs.
- Dan O'Donoghue (@MrDanDonoghue) June 11, 2018The moment of levity comes amid increased trade tensions between the USA and Canada.
The Trump administration took umbrage at an ally publicly criticizing USA policy just before a historic meeting with Kim Jong-Un. At one point he wrote, "Justin acts hurt when called out!"
"It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country", he said.
Trump, Kim sign agreement to keep momentum of talks going
It's so far unclear whether the USA and North Korea will release some kind of joint statement or agreement following the sit-down. In brief remarks this morning to reporters before their private meeting, Trump said he expected to have a "great discussion".
Yet his top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, downplayed the severity of the rift.
Meanwhile in Singapore on Tuesday Trump was incredibly friendly during his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un, even giving the North Korean leader a thumbs up.
The communique - which had appeared to have papered over the cracks that surfaced at the summit - said the leaders of the US, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.
Still, other Trump advisers had taken up the attack in appearances on Sunday's news shows, levelling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said on the "Fox News Sunday" program.
But Mr Trudeau's comments provoked a response from the U.S. president. "That will not stand". "Kim must not see American weakness". Trudeau spoke in mostly favorable terms about Trump but said that Canadians "will not be pushed around" and added that the Trump administration's national security justification for imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Canada is "kind of insulting". Mr. Navarro made it clear the comments referred to Mr. Trudeau.
Tuesday, Trudeau also offered support for Trump. Can't do it in person.
"On his comments, I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests", Trudeau said before walking away from reporters. Every Canadian prime minister knows an American president has access to constant information and intel no matter where he is.