The crucial G7 Summit, hosted in Canada's Quebec this year, ended in a disarray after US President Donald Trump, enraged over the press conference given by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, refused to endorse the summit's joint communiqué on Saturday. "And that's the key point", Trump said.
A photograph of world leaders from the Group of Seven nations with the most advanced economies surrounding Donald Trump, first shared on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's official Instagram account, went viral on social media over the weekend, inviting a flurry of jokes and multiple caption contests.
Mr Trump made the comment at the White House after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against longtime allies over U.S. trade practices.
He said: "If I can get the president to actually realise that what he's doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way".
"We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States", Freeland said.
The response from Mr Macron suggests an end to what observers had noted was a budding "bromance" between the French president and Mr Trump.
Senior Trump aides escalated the rhetoric on Sunday morning's news shows, with chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow calling Trudeau's remarks "a betrayal" on CNN's "State of the Union" and top trade adviser Peter Navarro saying on "Fox News Sunday" that "there's a special place in hell" for the Canadian leader.
By the time Trump did arrive in Canada, met by a cordon of red-jacketed Mounties, he was well behind schedule, making the meeting impossible.
Last week, Macron candidly criticized Trump's policies during a phone call over trade and immigration that turned sour, two sources told CNN.
Leading up to the G7 summit, Macron tweeted his displeasure with Trump over the tariffs, and Trump tweeted back, complaining about European trade measures. "As the Toronto Star wrote, "(Trump's) erratic, hostile behaviour toward the United States' traditional allies is undermining Washington's credibility around the world".
We will act too, says the German Chancellor.
Back in Europe, the magazine for Sueddeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest daily newspapers in Germany, had a different view: that of an exasperated mother speaking to her insolent son.
While Italy's new premier Giuseppe Conte, the head of a populist coalition, sided with Trump, many other European leaders were horrified and warned against the idea.
"Our relationship is very good", Trump said. Instead, Trump has embraced the discord with his French, Canadian, German and British counterparts, lashing out on Twitter in the hours before departing on Air Force One for Quebec.
While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.
"I would recommend - it's up to them". Trump asked. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".