After days of verbal sparring over new US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Trump joined the leaders of major industrialized nations in an idyllic Canadian resort town Friday.
According to CNN, Trudeau asked Trump how he justified imposing tariffs as a national security issue during a May 25 phone call.
The annual G-7 (Group of Seven) meeting is scheduled to take place in Quebec, Canada, on Friday and Saturday.
Then came Mr. Trump's Putin ploy. It used to be the G8. The G7's finance ministers meet more often.
Donald Tusk, the European Council President, said he had a "very good meeting, very promising meeting".
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat, will represent the United States for the G7 sessions that Trump will skip Saturday. He explained that France runs trade deficits with Germany and the United Kingdom on manufactured goods, even though all three countries are part of the European Union single market and have zero tariffs between them.
At least three of Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate, all frequent critics of the president, assailed his suggestion of readmitting Russian Federation to the group.
Tusk warned that "the rules-based global order is being challenged, quite surprisingly not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the United States".
This was Macron after a phone call with Trump that White House aides described as "terrible".
European leaders, who had met to coordinate how they would handle the combustible American president, pushed back hard, but also heaped praise on Trump, hoping to butter him up.
The call threatens to further strain what was shaping up to be a tough summit for the G7, whose members have also been clashing with the Trump administration over a looming trade war. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, said yesterday that this doesn't mean there won't be an agreement.
Trump railed against trade deficits and said he may pursue separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Mr Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports has sparked anger, with even United States allies falling subject to them.
But she stressed there are many areas where Canada is working closely and effectively together.
The suggestion from Trump appeared to be an unnecessary early distraction from a host of other pressing issues pulling Washington and Western allies apart.
Anger over Trump's trade policies will occupy center stage at Friday's G7 meeting of the world's most advanced economies.
"Pursuing the conversation. Engaging, keeping the dialogue alive, now & ever".
European and Asian stocks indices were down across the board Friday - despite a week of gains in the wake of robust USA jobs data and easing political headwinds in Italy and Spain.
Trump injected levity into his photo-op with Trudeau before the start of their meeting.
He also joked that "Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs", a remark that drew at least a bit of laugh.
What was said about Russian Federation? "When we can underscore this, and we see that there's a lot of pressure within the USA, perhaps he will revise his position".