It renders the international crusade being mounted by her and James Shaw as hollow and hypocritical.
"To impute some sort of malicious, malignant engagement... shows what a bunch of Philadelphia lawyers they are," Mr Peters said.
That's according to the Finance Minister who's released The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update.
She says she's been reassured Stephen Barclay's absence has nothing to do with how Kiwibuild is tracking.
National's leader says NZ would be in good company alongside US and Australia if it rejected pact.