German Chancellor Angela Merkel previewed the dynamics on Wednesday, telling the German parliament that "it is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions".
Trump's comment made about as much sense as thanking Trudeau for Lafayette's assistance to America in the Revolutionary War, given his French heritage and all. But the White House has signaled no change in plans. Mr Trump is "probably the strongest trade reformer of the past 20 years", he said.
But for reasons that are not clear, the Trudeau government chose to make plastics in the ocean a signature issue of its G7 presidency, without planning any concrete actions that might show leadership on the issue.
The criticism has been particularly acute from the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said Sunday the tariffs were "insulting" to the longstanding alliance between the us and Canada. Trump is unlikely to back away from the nationalistic policies that have frustrated and unnerved allies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal voters.
According to the United States Trade Representative's office, the US had a $17.5 billion dollar goods deficit with Canada in 2017, but an overall surplus of $8.4 billion with Canada in 2017, with services, are included.
Asked by VOA News whether the administration would respect decisions of the World Trade Organization filed against the United States over recent tariffs imposed by Trump, Kudlow replied: "We are bound by the national interests here more than anything else".
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSix takeaways from 2018's Super Tuesday Dem Andrew Janz advances in bid to unseat Nunes Montana GOP candidate Rosendale to take on Tester in November MORE's top economic adviser on Wednesday implied that the USA may not abide by any rulings from the World Trade Organization (WTO) as Trump prepares to face backlash from allied leaders this week over his latest trade moves. "The World Trade Organisation, for example, has become completely ineffectual".
"I think President Trump fundamentally misunderstands the nature of trade and the fact that trade is mutually beneficial".
On the flip side, Americans purchase more from those countries than they sell, creating bilateral trade deficits that the president hates - even as most economists say they don't matter. And he is also expected to attend the annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit to be held in Brussels in mid-July. His campaign manager, Andrew Bell, said: "Dino supports removing trade barriers that tax Washington farmers, consumers and businesses". It was one of the most controversial NAFTA proposals.
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland questioned the Trump administration's move on CNN.
The increasingly critical tone from allies is a shift after leaders spent the past year and a half seeking to woo and cajole the American president.
"We may have tactical disagreements, but he has always said - and I agree - tariffs are a tool in that effort".
"The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable". He went further in March, accusing allies of hurting the US more than its enemies have.
"This is deeply offensive to Canadians", Alden said.