Trump Can't Show Any 'Weakness' to Kim Jong Un and That's Why He Rejected G-7 Allies, Economic Adviser Says

Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, said President Donald Trump's actions at the G-7 summit were part of his approach to Tuesday's much-anticipated North Korea summit.

"POTUS is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around," Kudlow told CNN's Jake Tapper. "He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea." When pressed on whether Trump's actions were part of his strategy for North Korea, Kudlow added, "Of course it was, in large part," he said. "Kim must not see American weakness."

Trump drew attention at the G-7 summit, a meeting of the world's major economic powers, where he refused to sign a joint statement with the United States's allies, threatened bordering countries with retooled trade deals and called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "very dishonest and weak."

Trump's actions were met with backlash from world leaders. Trudeau held a press conference at the end of the summit, where he said, "Canadians...stood shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in far-off lands in conflicts from the First World War onward," Trudeau said. "It's kind of insulting."

He added, "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around."

Senator John McCain of Arizona addressed Trump's actions on Twitter where he distanced American citizens from the president's actions. "To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values," he said. "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't."

To our allies: 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.

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 10, 2018

Despite this, Trump's top advisers continued to defend Trump following the summit. In the same interview where Kudlow linked Trump's actions to a strategy for the North Korea summit, he said Trudeau's press conference "was a betrayal."

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back," Kudlow said.

Peter Navarro, the president's trade adviser, 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," he said. "And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One."

Both Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday ahead of Tuesday's summit, where the two will discuss, among other topics, North Korea's nuclear program.

Trump told reporters before leaving for Singapore, "I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people. And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again."