BERLIN, June 10 (Reuters) - Germany and France on Sunday sharply criticised U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.
The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.
But California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said Trump wasn't just taking on Trudeau, but all of the United States' best allies by not signing the G-7 statement after a two-day meeting in Canada with leaders of the world's largest industrialized economies.
"I can't fault Trudeau for how he's handled Trump or tried to handle it", said Andrew MacDougall, who acted as communications director for former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union".
"Canada has already raised cases at the WTO and at NAFTA, and we will retaliate", she said.
"He did a great disservice to the whole G7".
Hours after leaving the G7 summit on Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to assault the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" and instructed USA representatives to renege on the US' endorsement of the joint communique.More news: Meghan and Harry to tour Australia and New Zealand
Perhaps some of the falling-out boils down to a misunderstanding of Canadian etiquette, said Bruce Heyman, the former US ambassador to Canada - "especially for somebody who's coming from the world that [Trump] is coming from, and has been so blunt and so confrontational in his conversations and approaches". He also attacked Trudeau's character, calling the Liberal Party leader meek, weak and dishonest. "And that comes right from Air Force One".
"And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it", Trump warned before leaving Canada for Singapore where he is scheduled to hold a much publicised summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday.
The joint statement of the G7, which Trump has said he would not endorse, highlighted the importance of "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment".
"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he", Kudlow said. "He can't do that".
The US president had also referred to a conversation he had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard and called him a "beautiful man".
"And President Trump, throughout his presidency, he started with criticizing our closest allies when he became president", he added.
"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal", he tweeted. Or we'll stop trading with them.
Canada also plans to impose similar taxes on steel and aluminum imports from the U.S., as well as levy taxes on such goods as whiskey, orange juice and other food products in addition to that.