Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, pledged to support each other on key global issues at talks that were dominated by the looming U.S.
Yet Trump wants them there, and other than his apparently desperate desire to hang out with Putin, it's hard to imagine why.
He's also scheduled to attend the multilateral summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to be held in Qingdao on Saturday and Sunday.
In April, the White House confirmed the two leaders spoke in a phone call about meeting at the White House "in the 'not-too-distant-future'".
"We are simplifying the mutual availability of goods and services, improving customs regulations, eliminating unnecessary administrative barriers, and implementing joint projects in energy, transport and agriculture", Putin said. "We did not discuss a specific location but many countries offer their support, including Austria", Putin said. Trump will be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit.
U.S. president Donald Trump has injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the G7 nations as he called for Russian Federation to be reinstated.
In the United States, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Mr Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in a bid to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favour.
The Prime Minister said Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation - thrown out of the group of leading industrialised nations in 2014 - should not be readmitted until it could demonstrate a change of course.
"Whether you like it or, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and in the G7, which used to be the G8 they threw Russian Federation out, they should let Russian Federation come back in". "I hope that it will happen, at least we are ready for that and I think that the ball is in the U.S. court", the Russian president stressed.
He told Trump that Canadians "who stood shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in far-off lands" do not take lightly the idea that the tariffs are for national security reasons.
Mr Trump posted a series of messages on his favourite social media platform, accusing the European Union and Canada of imposing "massive trade tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers" against the US.
The apparent realignment has played out with dizzying speed as Trump traveled Friday to Canada for the annual Group of 7 summit.
"It was a betrayal", Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union.
Solidifying his solo status on the world stage, Trump also lashed out at longtime allies over their criticism of his trade policies. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".
Sebastian Mallaby, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, described the relationships between the USA and the rest of the G-7 as at a "new level of crisis", saying that it was not just about trade but "a general US attitude toward the system". China is Iran's biggest trading partner and stands to benefit if worldwide sanctions aren't reimposed.
He descended on the small Canadian town of La Malbaie to as frigid a welcome as an American president has ever seen from the longtime allies.
In an interview Sunday on German public television, Merkel also says European leaders won't be "taken advantage of" on trade. "One has to treat this in a calm manner and without any irony whatsoever".
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