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Germany, France blast Trump over Group of Seven U-turn

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By Michael Nienaber

(Reuters) - and on Sunday sharply criticised U.S. Donald Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a communique, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

Trump's announcement on Twitter, after he left the summit in early, that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between and its top allies.

Trump also took aim at Canadian and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive automobile industry, throwing efforts to show a united front into disarray.

members and said they stood by the communique despite Trump's decision.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 characters," German said when asked about Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

Trump's conduct was "actually not a real surprise, we have seen this with the climate agreement or the deal", Maas, a of the (SPD), a partner in Angela Merkel's governing coalition, told reporters.

the from the global deal reached in in December 2015 to curb global warming, and last month from world powers' July 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, asserting that it was one-sided in Tehran's favour.

SPD accused Trump of turning the G7 summit into a disaster with his tweets and bowing out of his international responsibilities. "Trump is creating chaos. Reasonable and reliable policy is not possible that way."


and are standing by the G7 communique, a French presidency said, adding anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency".

"International cooperation cannot depend on being angry and on sound bites. Let's be serious," the French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told

Trump has infuriated the European Union, and by imposing tariffs on and aluminium imports, accusing all of having shortchanged the in trade deals. They strongly deny this.

Trump and European allies are also at odds over Trump's decision to pull the out of the deal in which curbed its disputed nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, and the climate change accord.

"We have to keep a now and draw the right conclusions," Maas said. Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, defend its interests and strengthen alliances with countries such as and Canada, he said.

"united is the answer to America First," Maas added.

A also said that stands by the jointly agreed G7 communique in which leaders underlined the crucial role of a rules-based international trading system and promised to fight protectionism.

In Washington, the top accused Canada's on Sunday of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on U.S. trade policy that risked undermining the American on the eve of a historic summit with

Larry Kudlow, of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric" for a conference the gave after Trump left the G7 summit on Saturday.

Trudeau told reporters that he had spoken of retaliatory measures that would take next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on and aluminium imports.

(Reporting by in Berlin, Emmanuel Jarry and Dominique Vidalon in Paris; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 23:24 IST