Donald Trump faces widespread protests as leaders gather for G7 summit in Canada

Donald Trump faces a hostile reaction when he meets western politicians at a G-7 summit in Canada today, while demonstrators gather to protest the US president’s visit.

Leaders from the wealthy group of nations will likely pressure Trump to reconsider introducing controversial trade tariffs on steel and aluminium against key allies.

The summit, which is to take place at a luxury hotel near Quebec City, is likely to be more divided than at any time in the group’s 42-year history.

President Trump lashed out on Twitter against Canada and EU nations over criticism of his trade moves.

Trump took to the social media to accuse Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau of "being so indignant" and claimed Canada’s trade policy was “hurting our farmers, killing our Agriculture.”

"There will be some serious disagreements on a lot of things," a Canadian official told reporters late on Thursday.

Trudeau and Trump are due to meet on Friday "and they will have lots to talk about," the official added.

The US President also faces a wave of angry protests when he arrives in the Canadian province.

The G7 leaders will meet in a luxury cliff-top hotel in the town of La Malbaie, about two hours’ drive from Quebec City. The site has been sealed off by police, making demonstrations impossible.

Several hundred protesters – some wearing red flags and red masks – walked noisily through the streets of Quebec City on Thursday evening heading for the Congress Center where media are based.

Some in the crowd, closely watched by riot police, carried banners with slogans such as "The G7 does not represent us." Others carried posters with defaced photos of Trump.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday leaders needed to be civil at the summit but he is clearly losing patience with the U.S. President.

Macron, who appeared to have built a warm relationship, said the "G6" leaders would not spark a fight at the summit.

"In this environment, above all we always have to stay polite, stay productive and try to convince (them) to keep the United States on board because they are our historical ally and we need them.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May took a more measured tone, telling reporters she wanted the European Union to use restraint in its retaliation to the U.S. tariffs and that the response must be proportionate and legal.

The White House subsequently announced the president would be leaving on Saturday, before the summit formally ends, to fly to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

While the G7 leaders have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an agreement designed to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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