The meeting on Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec, will be the first chance G7 leaders have had to confront Trump in person since USA tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were imposed last week. Trump responded, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?".
Trudeau was angered Trump utilized the rarely invoked "national security" provision to justify the tariffs, and in doing so was alluding that Canada was a threat to USA national security.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday threatened to join with other world leaders to issue a rare rebuke of the United States at a global summit here this weekend, drawing an immediate and sharp reply from President Trump. When Trudeau asked why in the hell you want put these tariffs on us, Donald Trump gave him the reason of national security.
Ishikane said Japan's top priority is to see the projection of "unity" at the G7 this week.
"The six countries of the G7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market", Macron said, standing alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Still, the French leader pledged to have a "productive and frank discussion with President Trump at the G7", the Group of 7 industrialized democracies.
Trump signaled that he was in no mood to compromise as he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has tried to cultivate a friendly relationship with the American president.
In Washington, Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters that Trump would press ahead with global tariffs on steel, and allies including Canada and the European Union should not expect exemptions.
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Yet rarely have these summits seen a US leader so at odds with his fellow leaders.
He said G7 countries shouldn't be talking about waging a trade war when there are real wars to fight, pointing to challenges in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
The U.S. president also has frosty relations with Trudeau, the summit host. Trump is reportedly still "deciding on what to do about Canada" one official told ABC. "We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany, and we have a strong relationship with the government of Germany".
Trump has since mused about replacing NAFTA with bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico - an idea Trudeau said Wednesday is not on. This section has only been used twice before in USA history to restrict imports: in 1979 on oil imports from Iran, after that country's theocratic revolution resulted in the storming of the US embassy in Tehran, and in 1982 against similar imports from Libya.
His plea for unity may fall, even within the European Union.
Europe faces renewed domestic economic and political challenges in addition to those posed by Trump's unilateralism.
Japan is also expected to take a less confrontational approach than its G7 peers, while still quietly pressing its case on trade.