Merkel dubs Trump's G7 rejection as 'sobering, depressing'

Merkel dubs Trump's G7 rejection as 'sobering, depressing'

Merkel dubs Trump's G7 rejection as 'sobering, depressing'

The United States imposed a 25-percent tariff on steel imports and a 10-percent duty on aluminum imports in March but suspended the tariffs on Canada, Mexico, several other states and the European Union in order to attempt to negotiate a better deal.

In an interview with ABC, Trump said the image was "such an innocent picture". Those words, spoken at a beer-tent election rally, were a reaction to Trump hectoring European leaders for not spending enough on defense at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels.

Trudeau's office cast doubt over the genuineness of Trump's offense at the prime minister's remarks, pointing out that Trudeau's messages simply reiterated his position before the summit, that he will oppose attempts to bully Canada on trade. "Let us be serious and worthy of our people". "I would say that the G-8 is a more meaningful group than the G-7, absolutely", Trump said.

That wrestling cry would have been an apt announcement at the G-7 summit, what with the U.S. and other heads of state at each other's throats using the thrust and parry of rude remarks and social media to pummel each other.

Turning to Russia, Merkel said she could imagine Moscow re-joining the G7 format at some point, but there first had to be progress in the implementation of the peace plan for Ukraine.

The picture has since gone viral on the Internet, and Mr Trump raised it himself at the news conference after he was asked about his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Macron left his mark on Trump's hand after a firm handshake
Image Emmanuel Macron left his mark on Donald Trump's hand after a firm handshake

Canada's Justin Trudeau and other leaders had given closing press conferences and announced a US-backed joint statement. "After a long day of work and very direct dialogue, we are actively seeking an ambitious agreement", an English translation of Macron's tweet reads.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump declared before departing the annual Group of Seven summit, which includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

Merkel also commented on the statement of the US President, informs Bloomberg.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", Macron said in a statement.

Although Trump and Kudlow have since claimed Trudeau "stabbed us in the back" and was the reason for the U-turn, it is Trump's actions that other G7 leaders appeared to find frustrating.


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