French President Emmanuel Macron turned on President Trump Thursday, slamming the American leader over potential trade tariffs and his position on climate change; warning Trump the G7 could quickly become the G6.
Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7.
Previous G7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalization protests, but even though he has made a populist criticism of global trade a major part of his appeal to voters, Trump was the main target of a protest as masked anarchists set fire to USA flags and those of other bloc nations. He added: "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow".
When Trudeau complained to Trump about the new tariffs he slapped on Canadian goods, saying he was especially upset that the pretext Trump used was that Canada formed a "national security threat" to the US, Trump replied, "didn't you guys burn down the White House?"
But it is not such a stretch to imagine that the United States leader will enjoy a warmer encounter with the autocrat from Pyongyang than with his Canadian hosts and European and Japanese allies.
Asked about Trump's remark that the Canadians burned down the White House, aides to the President and to Canada's Trudeau declined to comment.
He will miss the final session on climate change on Saturday and instead fly directly from Charlevoix to Singapore to meet the leader of North Korea in a much-anticipated summit.
In his own tweets in French and English, Macron stated that while Trump "may not mind being isolated" the other six leaders meeting in Canada would also not mind signing an agreement among themselves.
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"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things ... but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300 per cent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"
Host Canada and its European allies are striving to put together a united front to oppose Trump's opposition of tariffs of aluminum, steel, cars and other exports, but the markets are rattled.
Trump, citing national security concerns, has slapped stiff tariffs on Canada and the European Union, prompting retaliatory levies and setting off a trade war that leaders say ultimately will hurt businesses, workers and consumers around the globe.
As he prepared to travel to Canada, he ramped up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the USA won't be a laughing matter".
Trump also said Trudeau was being "indignant" about the cross-border trade relationship.
Trump's concerns are said to be based on the fact that other leaders who are attending the summit disagree with him on key issues and he "does not want to be lectured by them".
Canada and other USA allies are retaliating with tariffs on US exports.
The Canadian leader is embroiled in rows with Washington over steel and aluminum and negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement.