"And he's going to talk to them", Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters in Washington.
On the eve of what's shaping up to be an acrimonious summit in Charlevoix, Que., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron offered support and "solidarity" with the USA president's efforts to denuclearize North Korea, but they denounced his decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
The fallout from Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on his G7 partners, as well as broader disagreements on trade and climate change, was also fuelling the G6-plus-one divide that has the USA increasingly offside with its allies.
"The addition of new retaliatory tariffs on everything from bourbon, to rice, to orange juice and cranberries will only widen the pain to additional farmers across the country", Kuehl said. "I'm always the optimist, I believe it can be worked out, and I'm always hopeful on that point".
While referring to the upcoming G7 Summit, Justin Trudeau told reporters, "We know certainly that there will be frank and sometimes hard discussions around G7 table, particularly with the USA president on tariffs".
The meeting with Trudeau could be particularly frosty, given Trump's recent sharp criticism of Canada's trade policies and the anger in Ottawa over Washington's decision to justify its new tariffs on national security grounds. POTUS reportedly then said to the PM, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?"
That plan fell through when the White House insisted that he agree to including a five-year sunset clause in the deal.
NAFTA, the three nation trade pact, generally prevents the US, Mexico and Canada from imposing tariffs on imports from one another. "Frank, yes", the official said.More news: Trump says has 'absolute' power to pardon himself
"We think that demonstrating the strength of NAFTA as a solid community as we take on the world is very much in all 3 of our advantages and we'll continue to negotiate that way".
"Tariffs are a wake-up call", Kudlow said in a First on FOX Business interview on Wednesday.
It also wasn't immediately clear whether Trump was making a joke about with the War of 1812.
So great is the rift between traditional allies that some observers have suggested renaming the G7 summit the G6+1 - and Macron said they should not hesitate to reach agreements without Trump. "It will start first of all to hurt USA workers, and the cost of raw materials will rise, and industries will become less competitive", he said. "People should realize how serious he is in that respect", said Kudlow.
Trudeau welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to his Parliament Hill office ahead of their meeting Thursday, where they are expected to discuss how to handle Trump.
He added: "The six countries of the G7 without the United States are a bigger market taken together than the American market".
Canada's non-American G7 partners don't envy Trudeau, and some are downright sympathetic. "The EU trade surplus with the USA is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out", he tweeted.
That the United States is sparring with the state's top trading partners is worrisome, said Josh Rolph, federal policy manager for the California Farm Bureau Federation.