While the 45th (and likely final) President of the United States was passive-aggressively destroying the global economy's Western Alliance, his chief trade adviser went on cable news television to provide the kind of wonky policy analysis that we've come to expect from the Trump White House:
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro lit into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, saying there's a "special place in hell" for a world leader who double crosses President Donald Trump.
"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," Navarro told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference."
Ah, Pete Navarro, the only White House economist to make look Larry Summers appear mentally stable by comparison.
Not only did Navarro unleash his special brand of batshit brimstone on the leader of America's literal closest ally, he also took a follow-up question that should have provided his boss with political maneuvering room. But instead of giving POTUS cover, Navarro opened up his yap, bared his snaggleteeth and unleashed another one of his "Homeless guy on the White House lawn" tirades...
When asked whether the president shares his views, Navarro said the sentiment came “right from Air Force One.“
This is the kind of shit that makes the handful of sane people still operating in Trump's West Wing wish that Navarro had stayed locked away in the janitorial closet that Gary Cohn stuffed him in a few months back. Instead, Navarro is looser and more visible than he's ever been, supporting Trump's nihilistic instincts on NAFTA and China, condemning the popular leader of our neighboring ally to "Hell" and rhetorically sticking his nose so far up POTUS' sphincter that he can taste a cabinet-level promotion. So color us less than shocked that Navarro's new boss Larry Kudlow is laid up in Walter Reed from a heart attack [Get well soon, Kuddles, for real].
What Donald Trump has done to America's standing in the world in the last 72 hours is nothing short of breathtaking. He's essentially removed us from leadership of the G7, unsubtly signaled that he's still wannabe BFFs with Putin's regime, set fire to NAFTA and then had lunch in Singapore with the most reviled dictator on earth. It's a lot to deal with, especially with a Treasury Secretary who seems increasingly bored with a job he never should have had and a Commerce Secretary who requires at least 18 hours of sleep a day. What this administration doesn't need is the short bus trade adviser trying to play his own variation on Trump's "Justine Trudeau hurt my feelings" crybaby routine.
So less than 48 hours after Navarro decided to pretend that he is respected enough to say whatever he wants, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to have thrown a tantrum of his own and demanded that someone at 1600 Penn put Pete Navarro back in his goddamn place...
President Donald Trump’s senior trade adviser apologized Tuesday for making comments attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying they were inappropriate.
And the West Wing has also clearly made it known to Navarro that he is walking this road utterly alone...
On Tuesday, Mr. Navarro said he had been trying to use strong words to back Mr. Trump’s trade stance but went too far.
“In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message,” he said. “I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words.”
Yeah, but also, was it?
This administration is undisciplined, belligerent and prone to cattiness from the top down. Trump's brand is Kardashian-esque social media feuds but with lives hanging in the balance. Navarro might be the most toxically angry member of the economic team, but, when all is said and done, he's just a prettier Kellyanne Conway who obsesses over his misguided beliefs about global trade in the 21st century.
Peter Navarro going apeshit on the Prime Minister of Canada is indeed another low-point for a regime that only has diplomatic low-points, but it's also why Peter Navarro is kept around the White House at this point. You don't let your senile guard dog loose in the yard and then get upset when he bites the neighbor kid and shits on the stairs. That's on you. And like anything playing out its natural instincts when left unattended, Peter Navarro is not at all sorry for what he said.