Donald Trump G7 tweets ‘sobering and depressing’: Angela Merkel

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with US President Donald Trump at a family photo session with the leaders of the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada.

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

It appears that US President Donald Trump managed to make headlines at the G7 summit not only with his words and actions, but also with his appearance as well.

Merkel, whose office over the weekend released a photo of her leaning over a table before a seated Trump at a meeting with G7 leaders and aides, said she had "tried hard to find a compromise and we fought hard for it. this was an important announcement".

While many said that the picture sums up Trump's time at G-7, several others called it a "power dynamic".

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Chancellor Merkel to criticize Trump's handling of the matter.

"(Trump's) withdrawal via Twitter is of course sobering and a little depressing", Merkel said, according to a translation from public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. But she repeated that Europe could no longer rely on its ally and should take its fate into its own hands. "Sometimes I get the impression that the US president believes that only one side wins and the other loses". "Instead, we act then too", Merkel said in an unusually combative tone.

But it won't solve the differences, particularly on trade, with the European Union moving toward retaliatory tariffs from July on key USA goods.

The official said disagreements remain, particularly with the USA on a number of issues, but the goal remains to reach agreement on all the big issues.

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.

Touching the thorny issue of Germany's relatively low defence spending, Merkel acknowledged that Trump's criticism was partly correct and that Berlin had to do more to reach NATO's goal of spending to 2% of its economic output on defence, particularly with the start of a second Cold War with Russian Federation. "So we need to increase our defence budget".

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