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The White House is assailing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying he "stabbed us in the back" and undermined U.S. President Donald Trump after Trump left the G-7 economic summit early for Singapore.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News, "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 ... 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 the Canadian leader in modern Canadian history. All Justin Trudeau had to do was take the win."

Trump left the Group of Seven summit in Quebec early Saturday to head to Singapore for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

After Trump left, Trudeau called new U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel "insulting."

"We leave and then he pulls this sophomoric political stunt for domestic consideration," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNN. "You just don't behave that way. It's a betrayal."

Kudlow said Trump negotiated the communique in "good faith," and had called at the summit for "no tariffs, free trade."

British Prime Minister Theresa May echoed Trudeau, pledging to retaliate for tariffs on EU goods.

"The loss of trade through tariffs undermines competition, reduces productivity, removes the incentive to innovate and ultimately makes everyone poorer," May said. "And in response, the EU will impose countermeasures."

U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain, a vocal Trump critic, offered support for the other six world leaders at the Canadian summit.

"To our allies," McCain tweeted, "bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't."

Trudeau and May also bucked Trump on another high-profile issue: Russia. Trump suggested Russia rejoin the group after being pushed out in 2014 when it annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Trudeau said he is "not remotely interested" in having Russia rejoin the group.

May added, "We have agreed to stand ready to take further restrictive measures against Russia if necessary."

Source: Voice of America

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Kim Jong Un in Singapore for Historic Summit

SINGAPORE Kim Jong Un on Sunday strayed further from his North Korean home than he has at any other time since taking power in 2011.

The North Korean leader arrived in Singapore midday Sunday, flying on a Chinese jet to the Changi Airport.

Kim on Tuesday is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in a historic summit that Trump has called a one-time shot at peace.

The media did not catch a glimpse of Kim as he was escorted in a black, Mercedes-Benz limousine � with darkly tinted blackout windows � from the airport to the luxurious St. Regis Hotel.

Tourists and hordes of international media, who have come to Singapore to cover the summit, pointed cameras, smiled, and waved at the motorcade, which was flanked by a group of trim North Korean bodyguards running alongside.

Later, Kim appeared confident and grinned widely for the cameras as he shook hands with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the Istana Palace.

Trump, who arrived in Singapore just hours after Kim, will meet with Prime Minister Lee on Monday.

Singapore is seen as neutral ground for the summit � the first ever between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president.

The Singapore summit offers the world an unprecedented look at Kim, a reclusive leader in his early 30s, who until recently hadn't traveled outside his country since taking office. In recent weeks he has twice traveled to China to plan for the U.S. summit.

Kim, who presides over a totalitarian government accused of some of the world's worst human rights abuses, is reported to be concerned about his personal safety straying so far from home.

Kim flew to Singapore in an Air China 747. His method of transportation to the summit had been the subject of speculation by analysts, who noted Kim may not have planes capable of flying from Pyongyang to Singapore uninterrupted.

It is not clear what Kim and Trump are prepared to offer at the summit, or whether the meeting will result in a deal to eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Source: Voice of America

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Kim Jong Un in Singapore for Historic Summit

SINGAPORE Kim Jong Un on Sunday strayed further from his North Korean home than he has at any other time since taking power in 2011.

The North Korean leader arrived in Singapore midday Sunday, flying on a Chinese jet to the Changi Airport.

Kim on Tuesday is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in a historic summit that Trump has called a one-time shot at peace.

The media did not catch a glimpse of Kim as he was escorted in a black, Mercedes-Benz limousine � with darkly tinted blackout windows � from the airport to the luxurious St. Regis Hotel.

Tourists and hordes of international media, who have come to Singapore to cover the summit, pointed cameras, smiled, and waved at the motorcade, which was flanked by a group of trim North Korean bodyguards running alongside.

Later, Kim appeared confident and grinned widely for the cameras as he shook hands with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the Istana Palace.

Trump, who arrived in Singapore just hours after Kim, will meet with Prime Minister Lee on Monday.

Singapore is seen as neutral ground for the summit � the first ever between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president.

The Singapore summit offers the world an unprecedented look at Kim, a reclusive leader in his early 30s, who until recently hadn't traveled outside his country since taking office. In recent weeks he has twice traveled to China to plan for the U.S. summit.

Kim, who presides over a totalitarian government accused of some of the world's worst human rights abuses, is reported to be concerned about his personal safety straying so far from home.

Kim flew to Singapore in an Air China 747. His method of transportation to the summit had been the subject of speculation by analysts, who noted Kim may not have planes capable of flying from Pyongyang to Singapore uninterrupted.

It is not clear what Kim and Trump are prepared to offer at the summit, or whether the meeting will result in a deal to eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Source: Voice of America

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White House Adviser: ‘Special Place in Hell’ for ...

The White House is assailing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying he "stabbed us in the back" and undermined U.S. President Donald Trump after Trump left the G-7 economic summit early for Singapore.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News, "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 ... 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 the Canadian leader in modern Canadian history. All Justin Trudeau had to do was take the win."

Trump left the Group of Seven summit in Quebec early Saturday to head to Singapore for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

After Trump left, Trudeau called new U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel "insulting."

"We leave and then he pulls this sophomoric political stunt for domestic consideration," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNN. "You just don't behave that way. It's a betrayal."

Kudlow said Trump negotiated the communique in "good faith," and had called at the summit for "no tariffs, free trade."

British Prime Minister Theresa May echoed Trudeau, pledging to retaliate for tariffs on EU goods.

"The loss of trade through tariffs undermines competition, reduces productivity, removes the incentive to innovate and ultimately makes everyone poorer," May said. "And in response, the EU will impose countermeasures."

U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain, a vocal Trump critic, offered support for the other six world leaders at the Canadian summit.

"To our allies," McCain tweeted, "bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't."

Trudeau and May also bucked Trump on another high-profile issue: Russia. Trump suggested Russia rejoin the group after being pushed out in 2014 when it annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Trudeau said he is "not remotely interested" in having Russia rejoin the group.

May added, "We have agreed to stand ready to take further restrictive measures against Russia if necessary."

Source: Voice of America

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