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Frustration with U.S. setting stage for dysfunctional G7 summit

Donald Trump waving before boarding Air Force One
President Trump boarding Air Force One in May 2018. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

President Trump is scheduled to be in attendance when the G7 summit begins in Quebec City tomorrow, although he has complained vociferously about going.

Why it matters: It will be the most dysfunctional G7 meeting — by a long margin — since the first in 1975. The Europeans, Japanese and Canadians all feel like they've been wrong-footed by the American president on trade. After their collective irritation with U.S. withdrawals from the Paris climate agreement and Iran nuclear deal, they're no longer hiding behind pleasantries.