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Just hours before attending the summit, Trump tweeted about rectifying "unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

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.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union members attending the summit all agreed it should not happen. The White House then announced Trump would skip some of the G-7 sessions.

Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks once Trump arrives at the summit in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed with regards to Russian Federation.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", the USA leader said before boarding the presidential jet. He did not elaborate.

Moscow has denied any interference, and U.S. President Donald Trump has denied any collusion.

He called Canadian PM Justin Trudeau "indignant" and took aim at French President Macron as well.

Under plans agreed by the UK, US, France, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan, there will be greater co-ordination to respond to threats including cyber attacks and other breaches of worldwide rules.

Economics tops the agenda, although the meetings now always branch off to cover major global issues. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

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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.

"We are ready to boost, deepen and improve relations with the United States", Putin said adding that "various tools may be used for that, including personal meetings (between the two countries' leaders)".

President Xi Jinping on Friday awarded China's first friendship medal to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as the two leaders firmed up their alliance amid mounting U.S. diplomatic and economic pressure on them. After its annexation of Crimea, the other seven members shrunk the bloc and effectively kicked Russian Federation out until further notice, starting with a summit in 2014.

Donald Trump, feeling short of allies among his country's closest friends, called for Vladimir Putin to be let back into the G7 club. The move has brought fears of a trade war. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland insisted that the first working meeting of the leaders was "cordial" and "productive", although she was talking about a session that dealt with each country's own domestic policies, not contentious global issues.

Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging USA customers astronomical tariffs on dairy products.

Tensions between the United States and its G7 partners over trade and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal were rife ahead of the summit which had been dubbed by some as "G6 plus one", referring to an isolated US.

Trump will then duck out mid-morning to begin his almost 20-hour journey to Singapore where he is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, a tete-a-tete created to encourage the rogue state to end its nuclear program.

The tone in the immediate run-up to the meetings at La Malbaie showed no sign of compromise between a USA president determined to disrupt the status quo to force more favourable terms for the United States, and six U.S. allies resolved to stop him.

Iran is also a big sticking point. This angered the other signatories who have since sought to shore it up.