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Just hours after issuing a series of aggressive messages about global trade and Canadian dairy practices, Donald Trump has arrived in Quebec to attend some of the G7 summit - his first visit to Canada as USA president.

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. "G-7 sherpa and deputy assistant to the president for worldwide economic affairs Everett Eissenstat will represent the United States for the remaining G-7 sessions", White House Press Secretary SarahSanders said in a statement.

Canada, the host of the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, and the nation that has borne much of the brunt of Trump's trade fusillades in recent days, is holding out hope that progress can be made on less controversial issues.

Mr Trudeau has described the U.S. claim that the tariff decision was taken on national security grounds as "insulting".

Mr Kudlow described the discontent among United States allies as being like a "family quarrel" but said that the White House was confident that talks would bring a solution.

At the White House, Abe offered Trump praise for his denuclearization efforts in the Korean Peninsula, telling him it was an outstanding achievement that past USA presidents have been unable to accomplish.

European Council president Donald Tusk threw cold water on Trump's inflammatory comments, quipping "seven is a lucky number".

"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% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

Trump has long called on Canada to stop protecting its dairy farmers from US competition amid ongoing efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

"There are disagreements", top White House economics advisor Larry Kudlow acknowledged.

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Up until now, the German government has largely adopted a policy of quiet disapproval in Trump's direction, but Maas broke the silence ahead of the G7 summit in Canada, which begins Friday.

"A rocky summit to begin with already, is likely to be a bit rockier", explains Carleton University Political Scientis Elliott Tepper, who says Trump's actions may leave the United States isolated.

It has also been suggested that Mr Trump had not been keen to attend the summit at all, with expected criticism and his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looming.

Russian Federation was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Mr Trudeau, the summit host, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will also attend, are among those to sharply criticise the U.S. tariffs as unjustified and punitive.

"We will also obviously have some very robust discussions on trade", Trudeau said.

Tension has been building over a year of policymaking that has distanced the USA from traditional allies, including Trump's decisions to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord and the worldwide Iran nuclear agreement.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

The move led Canada and the E.U.to impose retaliatory measures.

The Trump administration has also been engaged in contentious talks with Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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