US says Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

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US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the Womens Entrepreneurship Finance event during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany 8 July 2017

WASHINGTON - The US has blamed Canada for the disastrous ending to the G7 summit, saying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "stabbed us in the back".

American allies held Washington responsible.

Just minutes after a joint G7 communique was published on Saturday in summit host city Quebec,  President Donald Trump launched a Twitter broadside, taking exception to comments made by Trudeau at a news conference and saying he had instructed US representatives not to endorse the joint communique.

Trump&39;s team kept up the barrage of criticism on US media on Sunday.

Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back", top US economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN&39;s State of the Union.

"He did a great disservice to the whole G7."

US trade adviser Peter Navarro, speaking on Fox News Sunday, reinforced that message.

"There&39;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," he said.

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Kudlow sought to tie Trump&39;s reaction to the coming summit with Kim Jong Un, saying the North Korean leader "must not see American weakness".

The summit meeting with Kim takes place on Tuesday.

Before his departure from Canada, Trump tweeted:

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Trump&39;s revocation of support for the G7 joint communique "sobering and a little depressing", while adding,  in a rare one-on-one interview with ARD public television, "but that&39;s not the end" of the Group of Seven.

&39;Insulting&39;

Trump in his tweet said Trudeau had "acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that ... he &39;will not be pushed around.&39; Very dishonest & weak".

From Singapore early on Monday, he continued to tweet that the United States protected NATO countries "these same countries that rip us off on Trade ...".

 

Trudeau had told reporters that Trump&39;s decision to invoke national security to justify US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their US allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around," he said.

Trudeau said he had told Trump "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

After Trump&39;s angry tweets, Trudeau&39;s office issued a brief response: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit. The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn&39;t said before -- both in public and in private conversations with the president."

Canada&39;s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, added that "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks, we don&39;t think that it&39;s a useful or productive way to do business and perhaps we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to our relationship with our allies".

On Sunday, Trudeau ignored the barbs from Trump&39;s advisers, tweeting a link to the G7 communique and hailing the "historic and important agreement we all reached".

"That&39;s what matters," he wrote.

&39;The gig is up&39;

The joint communique that was thrashed out over two days of negotiations in Canada vowed that members would reform multilateral oversight through the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and seek to cut tariffs.

"We commit to modernise the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible. We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies," it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements.

But Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the US market if they retaliate against his tariffs.

"The European Union is brutal to the United States ... They know it," he insisted in his departing news conference. "When I&39;m telling them, they&39;re smiling at me. You know, it&39;s like the gig is up."

European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade. In the end, that language stayed in and it was only on climate change that no consensus was reached.