This year's G7 summit, which begins Friday in Canada, is set to be unusually ill-tempered, with the USA facing off against the other six in the group: Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.
The leaders from Canada, the European Union, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, along with some other observer nations, had dinner at Governor-General Julie Payette's Quebec residence near La Citadelle in Quebec City Friday night.
Trump will meet with Macron and Trudeau face-to-face on Friday.
The reportedly positive tone of the leaders' one-on-one meeting stood in stark contrast to a week of increasingly testy public statements by Trump, following Canada's announcement last week that it would impose $16.6 billion in tariffs against USA products on July 1 in retaliation for US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. During the private gathering, Europe's major economic powers pushed back hard against Trump's repeated assertions that the U.S.is a victim of unfair trade practices.
But the French leader quickly added that Trump can't expect credibility on that file while he undoes all the good work done to date on pushing Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists the Trump hard line will only hurt the U.S.
The President on Friday called for the inclusion of Russian Federation in the G7 summit.
Tweeted Trump in a series of tweets starting last night: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".
And more: "Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".
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"International law prohibits the acquisition of part or all of another state's territory through coercion or force", former President Barack Obama and other world leaders said in a statement at the time.
France and other USA allies have also bristled at Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. "And I think on trade, there is a critical path, there is a way to progress altogether", he said, speaking in English.
"President Trump had a great meeting today with Prime Minister Trudeau. It it doesn't happen, we come out even better", he tweeted on Friday morning.
Mr Trump plans to leave the summit early and will skip G7 meetings about climate change, clean energy and ocean protection.
Meantime, Italy's new premier is backing Trump's call, tweeting his support on Friday.
The visit will be Trump's first official visit to Canada as president.
The U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts.
Trump imposed the tariffs on the grounds that weak domestic industries could affect US national security.
Asked whether Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's team was engaged in frantic damage control, a Canadian government official said it was always clear there would be disagreements at the summit over trade and relations with Russian Federation.