Bruising for a fight, President Donald Trump barreled into the Group of Seven summit Friday, confronting longtime United States allies over a burgeoning trade dispute and insisting Russian Federation should be brought back into the fold.
You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run.
French President Emmanuel Macron said ahead of the summit that United States allies would not be intimidated, signalling that the other six countries at the G7 meeting would be willing to sign a final declaration without Trump.
For its part, Russian Federation allows China to show the U.S. that it has "other options" in worldwide negotiations, she said.
Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 USA election and possible coordination by people in Trump's campaign.
Going into the summit, Mr Trump was at odds with other leaders on issues such as trade, Iran and climate change. There'd been speculation Trump would cancel his appearance at the meeting amid widespread criticism from allies over steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the U.S.in recent weeks.
The US president was very much the odd man out on climate change during the G7 in Italy past year, later announcing his intention to withdraw from the landmark Paris agreement.
Putin pointed out that Trump has been implementing the promises he made during his election campaign. Trump said as he departed the White House for the summit in Quebec.
It would overturn the united action taken by the G7 four years to expel Putin from the table after Russia's actions to de-stabilize Ukraine.
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"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".
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.
The President of the European Council dismissed Mr Trump's leadership a "seasonal turbulence" and predicted the G7 group would prevail despite America's isolationist policies.
On the eve of the summit, Trump lashed out on Twitter at Macron and Trudeau, who earlier Friday criticized Trump's trade stance a joint news conference in Ottawa.
Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters Friday that they believed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had the skill and understanding to stickhandle the touchy talks that would get underway at a working lunch Friday.
What did President Trump say?
The interview highlighted Putin's effort to continue to show personal deference to Trump even as the overall relationship between Moscow and Washington plumbs new depths. "Maybe we should come up with a new slogan", he said. "The rules-based worldwide order is being challenged", Mr. Tusk said.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who was fiercely critical of Trump as recently as Thursday in Ottawa, posted a video of his meeting with the president on Friday that contained a caption out of a Hallmark greeting card.
"Today's announcement shows that the G7 will not tolerate foreign interference in any one of our democracies, that we are getting organised, and that we will take coordinated action against those who seek to violate the rules-based worldwide system". "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", he tweeted.