The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with "polarizing" statements on USA trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.
Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on Twitter on Saturday and then sent Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro to hammer the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close US ally and neighbor.
The insult came in one of two blistering attacks by Trump's top aides for what they saw as Trudeau's betrayal of the president at the end of the weekend's G7 summit.
Kudlow says Trump won't let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Navarro said that Trudeau's press conference following Trump's early departure from the G7 summit on Saturday was "one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history".
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Despite Mr Trump's actions, the UK, France and Germany have insisted they will stand by the commitments made at the summit. The German leader said there was broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced.
Trudeau says the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan figured out "consensus language" they could all agree to.
Trump had already roiled G-7 members ahead of the summit and raised fears of a trade war when he placed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.
A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said on Saturday night that Mr Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Mr Trump.
On Friday, European Council President Donald Tusk said Trump's criticism of the worldwide rules-based order is "playing into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist". From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".
Theresa May has criticised the tariffs and also opposes Mr Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of leading industrialised nations. He said that Canada has to stand up for itself.
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Even a boilerplate communiqué, which reiterated the rich nations' commitment to free and fair trade, was undermined at the last minute, when American president Donald Trump repudiated the agreement. He will miss the climate session of the G7 summit.
"He really kind of stabbed us in the back".
Mr Trump, who was leaving the summit in La Malbaie early, told reporters the USA needed protectionist tariffs because "we are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing".
Support for Canada and its allies surfaced in the US, with Republican Arizona Sen.
"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in".
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The statement made no mention of Russian Federation being invited back into the group from which it was kicked out of in response to its 2014 annexation of Crimea despite Trump's insistence that the club would be better off if brought Russian Federation back into the fold. "Canada, thank you for the flawless organization of G7!"