Top White House officials ratcheted up their attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sunday, accusing him of a "betrayal" and saying there was a "special place in hell" for leaders who cross President Donald Trump, a day after Trudeau's remarks at a news conference led Trump to withdraw support of a Group of 7 agreement with allies.
Kudlow, who was in Canada with President Trump for the G-7 meeting, told CNN on Sunday that the US had come to an agreement with the other highly-industrialized nations in the group on a joint communique until Trudeau's "sophomoric play".
Mr Trump left off last night with a series of tweets from Air Force One en route to Singapore for his nuclear summit Tuesday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
The Elysee Palace was responding to questions about the outcome of the summit, after US President Donald Trump refused to give his backing to a joint declaration, despite hours earlier signing the communique.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.
"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he said.
Clearly, Mr. Trump saw things differently.
Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau's statements, saying they represent "bad faith". He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed USA trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".
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"[Mr Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Mr Trump to the summit of wealthy nations on Saturday, said on CNN's State of the Union.
The president slammed Trudeau via Twitter on Saturday, calling out his counterpart for acting "meek and mild".
Friday morning he was spitting again: "Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"
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Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".
"He did him a favor", Navarro said.
Mr Trump has long said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a "disaster" for the USA and has insisted that it be renegotiated.
In an interview Sunday on German public television, Merkel also says European leaders won't be "taken advantage of" on trade. And then Trudeau starts blasting him in a domestic news conference?
CNN's Jake Tapper interjected: "So this was about North Korea?" "I personally negotiated with Prime Minister Trudeau", Mr. Kudlow said.