Merkel calls Trump's attitude towards G7 summit 'depressing'

Arturo Kim
June 13, 2018

LA MALBAIE, QUEBEC Get ready to rumble.

He said USA farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms: "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them". Those tensions boiled over during the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the group of industrialized nations' communique.

The leaders of the world's richest democracies have promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade.

European leaders met ahead of the formal kickoff of the G7 summit where Merkel proposed a so-called "shared evaluation mechanism" on U.S. trade, which was enthusiastically backed by French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, according to a French official who briefed reporters on the meeting.

"We spent two days producing a statement and commitments", the statement said. Let's take a look at the story behind the photo.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron had what was described by a French official as a "very cordial" discussion about trade and North Korea.

When the German press team responded, they brought the big guns.

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The photo was supposedly put on the social media feed, Instagram by spokesperson for the German Chancellor Steffen Seibert and taken by German photographer Jesco Denzel.

The picture (and many memes) have since gone viral on the internet, and Trump raised it himself at the news conference after he was asked about his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It did not end with the photos - next came the sudden about turns and the rude remarks.

Trump revoked his administration's support for the G7 communique after Trudeau's news conference.

Mr Trump's bombshell announcement that he was backing out of the G-7 communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

On trade, said she had been "very clear" that United States tariffs on European steel and aluminium imports were damaging and dialogue was needed to ensure the dispute did not escalate into a full-blown trade war.

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