French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed on Thursday to confront U.S. President Donald Trump over his tariffs on steel and aluminum, which Macron called "unilateral and illegal".
Asked about Trump's remark that the Canadians burned down the White House, aides to the President and to Canada's Trudeau declined to comment. "They all tried to hug him close, as we used to say about Blair and Bush".
It was the only time that a foreign power has captured and occupied Washington.
Trump is no fan of multilateralism.
They also said they expected Trump to come under increasing pressure at home to reverse the tariffs, which they said would hurt US interests.
Macron had so far taken a more conciliatory tone with Trump, whom he calls his "friend".
Despite the tensions with Trump, Macron put forward a strong front on Thursday, suggesting France and the other G-7 nations do not feel threatened by a nonaligned U.S.
For the summit to succeed, and for the G7 to carry on, Trudeau needs to "show off the glue" that binds what are still fundamentally like-minded countries.
Ishikane said Japan's top priority is to see the projection of "unity" at the G7 this week.
"This is a historical ally and we need them, but we didn't concede anything", he said.
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"I think the resilience of liberal democracy or resilience of free market economy is in question".
Saguenay has a significant connection to what will be a major point of debate for G7 leaders this week because the region is home to a big part of the country's aluminum industry.
The meeting tomorrow and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec, will be the first chance G7 leaders have had to confront Mr Trump in person since United States tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were imposed last week.
Other G-7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have also spoken out against the tariffs.
Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, spoke with the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
"Maybe the American president doesn't mind being isolated today", he said, but added that U.S. workers would be the first to suffer from a trade war between Europe and the US.
"At the same time, this is why we have G7 meetings".
The Trump administration imposed 25 and 10 per cent tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and the Trudeau government responded with dollar for dollar counter duties which are set to kick in July 1.
She wonders whether it's a Trump negotiating tactic linked to NAFTA and the G7. So now it's moving forward with new tariffs on dozens of US exports, including clothing, whiskey, cranberries, motorcycles, orange juice, boats, peanut butter and more. That relationship, Trump said, includes dairy prices that hurt American agriculture.
"He doesn't want to be engaged".