President Donald Trump fired off what appeared to be some passive-aggressive tweets to world leaders on Thursday, one day before he is set to meet G7 leaders for a summit in Canada. Trump injected further uncertainty recently when he floated the idea of replacing NAFTA with two separate trade deals, one with each country.
He is not expected to stay till the end of the summit.
US President Donald Trump has grown exhausted of Theresa May's "school mistress" tone, the president's allies say amid fears that the pair will not hold talks in Canada. "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" he said, referring to the War of 1812.
The G-7 Summit's formal agenda of economic prosperity, gender equality, environment issues and global security is likely to be overshadowed by the double-Trump assault on America's allies.
In talks in Beijing over the weekend, China offered to buy close to $70 billion in USA agriculture, energy and manufacturing products over a year as part of a package meant to ward off US tariffs, according to a person briefed on the talks with the White House.
That statement said "we reiterate our commitment to keep our markets open and to fight protectionism, while standing firm against all unfair trade practices".
The US president sparred with both leaders over trade well into Thursday night, accusing the European Union and Canada of unfair business practices, and then resumed his polemic soon after 6am US time, complaining about Canadian dairy tariffs. And I'll tell you what, it's what I do.
A quick prompt from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau produced an all-smiles photo of the G-7 leaders on Friday.
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"President Trump will depart the G-7 Summit at Charlevoix at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, following the session on Women's Empowerment. If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!" the president wrote on Twitter, hours before he's due to arrive in Quebec.
Friday morning, he suggested Russian Federation should be allowed back into the group.
Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country's supply management system.
"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns, and he's going to talk to them", said Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, at a briefing on Wednesday.
A few days ago, Trudeau called the metal tariffs-25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum-"insulting".
Mexico said it would impose import duties on $3 billion worth of us products, including cheese, bourbon, pork and others, making good on its threats that it would retailiate for USA tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.
The U.S. president's personal attack on the prime minister heightened the potential for confrontation when the two leaders have their first face-to-face meeting in Canada on Friday after Trump's arrival.
Trudeau, for his part, said Trump's action would hurt American workers as well as Canadians.