In fact, the simmering USA trade dispute with its G7 partners - Japan included - didn't even warrant a mention during Abe's joint news conference with Trump, allowing the president to project an aura of worldwide statesmanship sure to be tested in Quebec's scenic Charlevoix region.
Trump's first meeting at the summer resort on St Lawrence river is with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, followed by sessions with the full summit, and then a bilateral with the host, Justin Trudeau, in the early evening.
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 USA tariffs and that the response must be proportionate and legal.
Asked about the state of US-Canada relations, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow acknowledged some short-term tensions, but said he believes relations between the two countries remain "very good".
The Washington Post/Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump signs an act in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 06, 2018. "So I don't think there's any issue there at all". "Maybe it doesn't bother the American president to be isolated, but it doesn't bother us to be six if need be". If you look at what Canada, and Mexico, the European Union - all of them - have been doing to us for many, many decades. Leaders from the other six countries in attendance - Canada, the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Japan - have harshly condemned Trump for imposing aluminum and steel tariffs on their countries, and threatening others. Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Trump are due to meet on Friday "and they will have lots to talk about", the official added.
Fears of a looming trade war were heightened last week after all the G7 nations announced plans to retaliate against Trump's tariffs with tariffs of their own.
Tensions between the USA and its allies have increased in recent weeks after a series of White House decisions have frustrated some of the United States' closest worldwide partners.
"None of us is eternal, so therefore our countries, the commitments we have made, transcend us", he said.
Imagine if Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, had also written a letter to Mr. Trump, somehow inserting it in the top drawer of the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
Donald Trumps's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal also demonstrated his reluctance to toe the line of his allies.
"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries". Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on US metals and other consumer goods.
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland questioned the Trump administration's move on CNN.