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Germany, France slam 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.

Having left the summit in early, Trump's announcement on 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 auto industry, throwing the G7's 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 Social Democrats, a partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition, told reporters in

and are standing by the 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.

Trump and European allies are also at odds over the from the nuclear deal and the agreement to combat global warming.

"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 said in a tweet.

A said that continues to support the G7 communique despite Trump's decision.

"stands by the jointly agreed communique," said in a statement.

The top accused Canada's on Sunday of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on U.S. trade policy that risked undermining the American leader 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 he gave after Trump left the G7 summit on Saturday.

In his press conference, Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that would take next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on and aluminum imports.

(Reporting by in Berlin and Emmanuel Jarry, Dominique Vidalon in Paris; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 20:29 IST
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