Donald Trump's fellow G7 leaders greeted the president's aggressive pre-summit bluster with a warm, reassuring breeze in an attempt to bridge their vast divide with him on trade and welcoming Russian Federation back to their fold.
"You know, whether you like it or not - and it may not be politically correct - but we have a world to run", Trump said.
"Both countries really use their relationship to showcase. there is an alternative to the American hegemony and they've been doing that for a while even before Trump", she said.
"They should let Russian Federation come back in".
The scale of the crisis between the United States and the other G7 members was highlighted early, when in off the cuff remarks Trump suggested Russian Federation be allowed to join the elite club of rich nations after it was expelled from the G8 following Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
While he's taken a tougher stance on traditional USA allies, Trump - who remains under investigation as part of an inquiry into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and the Kremlin - has charted a warmer course with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump says he hopes to resolve what he considers unfair trade agreements with USA allies during his time at the G-7 summit in Quebec on Friday and Saturday.
"On Russia rejoining the G7, our position has not changed", said Adam Austen, spokesman for Canada's foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland.
The comments followed a string of tweets from the president railing against Canada, France and other European allies for what the president has described as an imbalanced trade relationship.
"President Putin is the leader of a great country who is influential around the world", Xi said.
Frictions over trade tariffs recently imposed by the Trump administration are overshadowing the summit.
"We have always been clear that we should engage with Russian Federation".
Mr Trump is leaving early to head to Singapore for his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, meaning he will miss some of the topics advanced by Mr Trudeau. Think the United Nations, the World Bank and the Group of 20, which brings together leaders of the world's biggest economies.
Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks once Trump arrives at the summit in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.
European Council President Donald Tusk expressed broad concern about Trump's opposition to the worldwide rules-based order, because it "is being challenged, quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the U.S".
Trump has left little doubt he has grown impatient with his northern neighbour, tweeting at French President Emmanuel Macron and Trudeau, with his volleys growing increasingly personal towards the Canadian prime minister.
The issue of tariffs however may loom largest over Friday's talks.
But Mr Trump predicted the G7 countries would agree on a joint statement after holding talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Donald Trump, feeling short of allies among his country's closest friends, called for Vladimir Putin to be let back into the G7 club.