A look at the events leading up to Canada vs. USA battle

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US blames Canada for G7 fiasco, says Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

"And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it", Trump said in a bewildering press conference before he departed Canada, insisting that the summit was a success and the level of relationship he shared with the G7 leaders was a10 on a scale of one to ten. He really kind of stabbed us in the back.

Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on Twitter on Saturday and then sent Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro to hammer the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close US ally and neighbor.

In a pointed criticism of Trump's policy, May said that the most effective way of reaping the benefits of globalisation was through multilateral action, adding: "It can not be done by taking unilateral action against your partners".

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement, and it was published online moments before Trump tweeted. Trump has pointed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of him as a reason for withdrawing from the consensus statement.

"As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around,"Trudeau said".

The fight could have serious economic consequences, since Canada is the US's top trade partner and the largest export market for 32 states.

Canada last week announced retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6 billion ($12.8 billion) worth of USA exports and said it will challenge US steel and aluminum tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization.

In fact, Kudlow suggested in his appearance on CNN that Trump's anger at Trudeau is an act for an audience of one: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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The outburst against Trudeau, and by association the other G7 members, is only the latest incident in which Trump has clashed with America's closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

U.S. President Donald Trump thinks our prime minister is "dishonest" and "meek and mild".

In a separate interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", Kudlow said the Trump had a "very successful, calm, friendly, respectful bilateral" with Trudeau and that the USA won't withdraw from Nafta. "He is a trade reformer, as I have argued again and again, and he put that out", Kudlow said, adding: "President Trump made it clear time and again in those two days outside of Quebec [City] that he wants to reinstitute a process of free trade, no tariffs, no tariff barriers, no quotas and subsidies - he was absolutely consistent during this entire trip". We get on the plane, and then this guy, Trudeau, starts blasting us. "But we say that with great sadness".

The G7 also includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, told CNN that Trudeau's press conference addressing Trump's actions was "a betrayal".

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Navarro doubled down on Kudlow's rhetoric and said Trudeau's post-conference comments were in bad faith. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did at that stunt press conference".

"I think the G8 would be better, I think having Russian Federation back in would be a positive thing".

"Are you disappointed the President is leaving early?" a reporter asked Trudeau.

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