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G-7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering’ experience, Merkel says

11 June 2018
G-7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering’ experience, Merkel says

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

She conceded in an interview on German public television Sunday that the meeting's outcome "wasn't a great thing". She renewed her call for Europe to take a more forceful role in global affairs and said the European Union won't be "take for a ride" in its trade conflict with the U.S.

Merkel said that "taking it back by tweet was of course sobering and also a little depressing". And while different perspectives of the exact same moment were captured by several photographers, it was the German one that went massively viral.

Trump also slammed Europe, writing, "the USA pays close to the entire cost of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade".

Trump tweeted from Singapore where he traveled for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after attending a meeting of G-7 leaders in Canada.

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain issued a statement through an aide saying she was "fully supportive of Justin Trudeau". Big trade barriers against US farmers, and other businesses, will finally be broken.

Despite this it was hoped the communique, which had been initially signed off by the U.S., would represent a general show of unity among the world's biggest economies.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who met with Trudeau on Sunday, said it was time for G20 nations to play a role and to "also bring about some good sense to all the key players". "That will not stand".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the final press conference of the G7 summit.

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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House assault by saying ad hominem attacks were not helpful, that Canada would retaliate to U.S. tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada would always be willing to talk.

The United States and Canada are facing a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers hurled insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday morning, accusing him of "stabbing the U.S. in the back". Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business".

Peter Navarro, another top counselor, abandoned any semblance of decorum, suggesting "there is a special place in hell" for Trudeau. "No biggie", the Twitter account Trudeau's Eyebrows (yes, that's an actual Twitter account) tweeted. Can't do it in person.

The Trump administration confirmed on May 31 it would apply additional tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and European Union countries, ending a two-month exemption period.

US President Donald Trump, apparently still fuming over "dishonest and weak" Justin Trudeau for threatening to respond to US tariffs in kind, took to Twitter to slam the Canadian PM again and vent his anger at the tight-fisted EU.

The Americans' criticism of Trudeau left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped. The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".

"We will try to see if we can stop this from happening..."

Germany's chancellor on Sunday described the decision of the President of the USA to withdraw his support for the joint statement of the Group of Seven (G7) summit "depressing".