WASHINGTON-A dispute erupted between President Donald Trump and two of America's closest allies on the eve of a G-7 summit, after France's president described the U.S.'s new trade policies as "hegemony".
"We will also obviously have some very robust discussions on trade", Trudeau said.
But battlelines were drawn even before he arrived, in a series of dueling tweets and statements between Trump and his former friend President Emmanuel Macron of France over Washington's imposition of tariffs on imports from U.S. allies.
The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night - including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being "indignant". Trump left Washington almost an hour later than scheduled, delaying the anticipated meeting.
But US President Donald Trump is getting nasty and raising tensions before the meetings even begin.
What did President Trump say?
"G-7 sherpa and deputy assistant to the president for global economic affairs Everett Eissenstat will represent the United States for the remaining G-7 sessions", White House Press Secretary SarahSanders said in a statement.
Christopher Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, said Mr. Trump was particularly rankled by Ottawa's NAFTA outreach campaign, during which Canadian politicians and businesspeople fanned out across the country to encourage their American counterparts to lobby the White House to preserve NAFTA.
Trump will hold separate bilateral meetings with Trudeau and Macron, and will also face questions on the tariffs at a broader meeting of G7 leaders on the state of the world's economy that kicks off the summit on Friday.
Trump said earlier on Friday that Russian Federation should attend the G7 meeting.
President Trump will head to Singapore next week for an historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, where he will address the rogue country's controversial nuclear program. "So I don't think there's any issue there at all".
Trump defended his decision on tariffs on Canada and other U.S. allies in a tweet over the weekend.
When Trudeau complained to Trump about the new tariffs he slapped on Canadian goods, saying he was especially upset that the pretext Trump used was that Canada formed a "national security threat" to the US, Trump replied, "didn't you guys burn down the White House?". "They are relying on the overwhelming strength of the U.S. to compel a much weaker neighbor to give in to whatever they demand", Bothwell said.