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Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in 2017. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

President Trump is scheduled to attend the upcoming G7 summit in Quebec, Canada beginning tomorrow, although he is complaining vociferously about going.

The bottom line: "It will be the most dysfunctional G7 meeting — by a long margin — since its first in 1975. the Europeans, Japanese, and Canadians all feel like they've been wrong footed by the American president on trade." Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group tells Axios in his distinctive punctuation style.

  • "After their collective irritation with the Paris climate withdrawal and the Iran deal withdrawal, they're no longer hiding behind pleasantries."
  • "Trump's America first isn't isolationist, but it is strongly unilateralist, which stands in direct opposition to the us-led multilateral institutions of the post war order."
  • "We were already facing major challenges to that order before trump: Brexit, the weakening of Europe more broadly, the rise of china and its creation of new architecture, Russia's willingness to undermine the Americans."
  • Why it matters: "The Trump administration has piled on and the us-led order has crumbled more quickly than it otherwise would have.  this week's G-zero summit [a leaderless world] will put that on stark display."

Trump's complaints about attending, per The Washington Post:

  • "[Trump] said Tuesday to several advisers that he fears attending ... may not be a good use of his time because he is diametrically opposed on many key issues with his counterparts — and does not want to be lectured by them."
  • "Trump ... [believes] the trip is a distraction from his upcoming Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un."
  • "Trump has griped periodically both about German Chancellor Angela Merkel — largely because they disagree on many issues and have had an uneasy rapport — as well as British Prime Minister Theresa May, whom he sees as too politically correct."

Yes, but: It's still important for Trump to attend so the summit doesn't look like a "whine session," Colin Robertson, vice president at Canadian Global Affairs Institute told HuffPost.

  • A French official told reporters that allies will not give Trump an ultimatum on tariffs in Quebec because the G7 “isn’t the place where you negotiate things like that.”
  • But Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a Canadian TV network, “I know we’re going to have some very, very frank conversations quite clearly around the table."

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Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger during the first Jan. 6 hearing. Photo: Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

Republican critics of Donald Trump have raked in campaign cash this year as their votes to impeach the former president and investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have put them in the crosshairs of Trump and his allies.

Why it matters: The 2022 midterms won't just determine which party controls Congress. They're also shaping up to be a test of Trump's continued hold on the GOP. The few remaining Republican dissenters in Washington need to put up big fundraising numbers if they hope to stave off a purge.

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Republicans have expressed selective rage amid the rise of the Delta variant: They rail against the return of indoor masking but are far less vocal about vaccine requirements.

Why it matters: Masking may help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but the real solution to the pandemic is getting more Americans vaccinated. Increased support for that — including the use of heavier-handed methods like mandates — will only increase its chance of succeeding.

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is urging his fellow Republicans to buck up Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — a Democrat, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans view Sinema and her moderate Democratic colleague Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia as their last line of defense against sweeping progressive laws — ranging from a $3.5 trillion social welfare bill to potentially irreversible structural changes like eliminating the filibuster and adding new states to the union.

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