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White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

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By Chiacu and N. Lynch

(Reuters) - The top accused Canada's on Sunday of betraying with "polarizing" statements on U.S. trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with

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

The comments, made after Trump had left to go to for his much-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Un, infuriated the U.S.

Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on on Saturday and then sent Kudlow and to hammer the message home on Sunday morning shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbor.

Trudeau's remarks prompted Trump to pull out of a joint communique that was a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between and its top allies, Kudlow said.

"He held a press conference and he said the U.S. is insulting. He said that has to stand up for itself. He says that we are the problem with tariffs. The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs," Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"Here's the thing," he added. "He really kind of stabbed us in the back."

In City early on Sunday, Trudeau declined to answer reporters' questions about the aftermath of the two-day summit in

At his conference, Trudeau said would take retaliatory measures next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on and aluminum imports from Canada, and the Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around."

"There is a special place in hell for any for leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that's what bad-faith did with that stunt press conference, that's what weak, dishonest did," Navarro said on ""

Trump negotiated in good faith on the communique agreed by the other members of the G7, only to have Trudeau criticize U.S. policy after he left, Kudlow said. "It is a betrayal," he said.

Kudlow also accused Trudeau of trying to undermine the U.S. president at a critical time before his summit with the reclusive Kim on Tuesday.

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian push him around on the eve of this," Kudlow said, using an acronym for president of the "He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with "

"Kim must not see American weakness," he told

(Reporting by Chiacu, N. and in Washington; David Ljunggren in City); Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 20:23 IST
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