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

13 June, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7

Earlier, Mr Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Meanwhile, when asked about Kudlow and Navarro's comments, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that she was thankful she was "not responsible for explaining the reasoning behind any comments made by the officials of any foreign government".

President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron that the European Union is worse than China on trade during a conversation that portended the tense end to this year's G7 summit.

The world leaders who met in Quebec, Canada, to discuss Trump's tariffs, all appeared heroic in their own shared images from the meeting.

Russia has not released its hold on Crimea and has not been willing to negotiate on the Minsk Protocol agreement, which would ease the Russian occupation of the region; most recently, 14 Russian nationals were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering with the 2016 USA election, including the former business partner (and suspected Russian spy) of Paul Manafort, Trump's one-time campaign manager. In the photo, Macron is looking directly at the president and gesturing. Shinzo Abe of Japan looks on with a world-weary expression.

Trump's "America First" message to allies has hardened since he brought hardline national security adviser John Bolton on to his team.


As well as Merkel glancing at Trump when he arrived late to the summit's gender equality breakfast.

"There were strong debate and disagreement on some issues, but after detailed discussions between both leaders and our teams we were able to find common ground and draw up a communique which reflected these discussions and the agreements we reached", May said at a parliament session.

Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S.to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imports.

On Russia's possible return to the G7, Merkel said she could imagine it in the future but that the conditions had to be right for that. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

Canada's Justin Trudeau and other leaders had given closing press conferences and announced a US-backed joint statement. "They don't take our farm products", Trump complained at the news conference Tuesday.

"The other leaders presented their numbers and Trump presented his". "International cooperation cannot depend on anger or small words".

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