Trump advisers accuse Trudeau of betrayal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she finds President Donald Trump's tweet disavowing a common statement after the Group of Seven summit in Canada "sobering" and "a little depressing".

Calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada "very dishonest and weak", Trump said the US was withdrawing its endorsement of the G-7's communique, in part over what he called Trudeau's "false statements" about USA tariffs at a news conference.

Trump fired back at Trudeau's comments in a tweet later Saturday that called the Canadian leader "meek and mild" during the meeting of allies.

Trudeau has used the word "insulting" several times in the last couple of weeks to describe Trump's tariffs, as the prime minister has taken issue with the fact they're being applied on the premise that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S. "I have made it clear to the president that [imposing retaliatory tariffs] is not something we relish doing, but it's something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

Kudlow said the United States had spent the summit negotiating in "good faith" with Trudeau and the other assembled leaders, and that the USA had planned to sign the communique until Trudeau's news conference, which Kudlow called a "sophomoric play".

The G7, or "Group of Seven", is now made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

"International cooperation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites".

United States intelligence agencies have said they have "high confidence" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, and part of this year's G7 summit was supposed to focus on protecting democracies from foreign meddling.

Trump made the comments in tweets from Air Force One as he headed to Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. "If steps are not taken, the penalties would be severe", Trump said.

Throughout the escalation in rhetoric, Trudeau slammed Trump's tariffs in several media appearances, calling the decision "totally unacceptable" and "insulting".

Trump infuriated his G7 allies recently by slapping them with the hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

"I think there are various discussions about alternatives that would not be that, and that would not be entirely destabilizing for a trade deal, and I think we are open to creativity", he said. On Saturday, Trump said again that he might pursue separate trade pacts with Canada and Mexico instead of a continuing with a three-country NAFTA deal.

Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, defend its interests and strengthen alliances with countries such as Japan and Canada, he said.

Although Canada and Mexico say the idea is unworkable, Trump told reporters earlier on Saturday that the new deal would contain such a provision.

As a result, Hunter said, America has become "the world's leading IP-based economy".

"The world as we know it, namely the USA -led rules-based multilateralism, is now in serious danger of unraveling, as illustrated at the G7 meeting", said Erik Nielsen, chief economist at Unicredit Bank.

Trump tried to lighten the mood friday with the summit host.

Trudeau's office responded to the verbal attack in a statement saying that the PM did nothing to provoke an outburst from Trump.

Vanessa Coleman

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