White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a traitor who 'stabbed us in the back' with a 'cheap' and 'sophomoric' stunt designed to make President Donald Trump look weak ahead of his meeting with North Korean President Kim Jung-Un.
'He really kind of stabbed us in the back. He really, actually, you know: he did a great disservice to the whole G-7. He betrayed,' Kudlow said on CNN's 'State of the Union' Sunday morning.
'He went rogue.'
The White House economic adviser used the interview to take shot after shot at Trudeau, calling him 'polarizing,' sophomoric,' and performing a 'political stunt.'
'You just don't behave that way. It's a betrayal. Essentially double-crossing,' Kudlow said of Trudeau's challenge to the president on tariffs at the G7 summit in Canada.
He then said Trudeau was aiming to make Trump look weak ahead of his historic meeting with Kim. The president left the G7 summit early in order to fly to Singapore for that summit.
Trump 'is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around,' Kudlow said. 'He is not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea.'
'He can't put Trump in a position of being weak going into the North Korean talks. He can't do that. And by the way, President Trump is not weak,' he noted.
'Kim must not see American weakness. It's that short.'
Director of the White House National Trade Council Peter Navarro joined in the bashing.
'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,' he said on 'Fox News Sunday.' 'That's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.'
Navarro added: 'To my friends in Canada, that was one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history.'
On CNN, Kudlow also indicated Trudeau should apologize for his attacks.
Trudeau was 'pouring collateral damage on this 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.'
Kudlow also placed the blame at Trudeau's feet for the United States pulling out of the G7 communique.
Trump's decision was 'completely a reaction' to Trudeau. 'We joined the communique in good faith.'
He added: 'You just don't behave that way, okay? It's a betrayal.'
Kudlow described Trump's behavior at the summit as 'charming' and he charged Trudeau with pulling a 'sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption.'
'We were very close to making a deal with Canada on NAFTA, bilaterally perhaps, and then we leave and Trudeau pulls this sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption,' he said.
Kudlow went on to explain it was Trudeau's press conference after the summit that led to the U.S. action.
'He holds a press conference and he said the U.S. is insulting, he said that Canada has to stand up for itself, he says that we are the problem with tariffs,' Kudlow noted.
Trudeau has slammed the U.S. on the new steel and aluminum tariffs since the Trump administration raised them, saying they will hurt both the American and Canadian economies.
And Trump stunned world leaders Saturday by rejecting a joint statement that traditionally follows the G7.
Trump said in a Twitter tirade on Saturday night that he has 'instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique', just hours after all the members came to a consensus in Quebec and signed the summit's 'joint communique'.
The joint communique is a statement of broad goals and principles endorsed by the G7 leaders, and Trump's refusal means that this will be the first year that the annual summit fails to issue one.