U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as having betrayed the United States and making Trump look week ahead of the highstakes summit with North Korea.
Trump and Trudeau exchanged barbs after a highly contentious G-7 meeting resulted in a press conference in which Trudeau promised not to be pushed around. Trump as a result did not sign onto the joint statement concluding the meeting.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro also ripped into Trudeau on Sunday, saying there's a "special place in hell" for a world leader that double crosses 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."
“He was polarizing. He really kind of stabbed us in the back,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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“He did a great disservice to the whole [Group of Seven (G-7)],” he added.
In response, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter, calling him “dishonest & weak.”
Kudlow called Trudeau’s press conference a “sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption.”
“President Trump played that process in good faith. So, I ask you: He gets up in the airplane and leaves, and then Trudeau starts blasting him at a domestic news conference? I am sorry, that’s a betrayal. That’s a double cross.”
"Kim must not see American weakness," Kudlow said. "This is a case where Trudeau, it was like, I don't know, pouring collateral damage on the whole Korean trip. That was a part of Trudeau's mistake. Trudeau made an error. He should take it back. He should pull back on his statements, and wish President Trump well in the Korean negotiations."