Trump responds to viral G-7 photo

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

Trump revoked his administration's support for the G-7 communique after Trudeau's news conference. She also described her impression from Trump's behavior at the summit as "disillusionment". Although an event entirely comprising of US allies, Trump had angered the majority of the leaders before he had even arrived, imposing trade tariffs on European and Canadian exports.

A photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders standing over a cross-armed United States President Donald Trump at Friday's G7 summit has been given the meme treatment on social media.

Asked if she was concerned that Trump could retaliate against European Union counter-measures by imposing tariffs on cars, Merkel said: "First of all, we'll try and see if we can prevent this".

"The withdrawal by tweet is, of course, sobering and a bit depressing as well", she told Germany's Anne Will talk show on Sunday evening.

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 German auto industry is the core of the economy, therefore we have an interest that it has a strong position on the world's markets", Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Tuesday in a speech to lawmakers in Berlin. "Instead it is important to act on time".

The German leader also reiterated that said she is not ready to "give up on G7" but at the same time would seek dialogue with Russian Federation and try to "work very closely" with Japan, Canada, India and China.

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.

Meanwhile, Trump's off to Singapore to meet up with North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un who landed in the country earlier today. Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" in a tweet after Trudeau repeated criticisms of USA tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and Trump's trade policies in a news conference following the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec.

Guy Verhofstaft, the European Union parliament's representative in Brexit negotiations and former prime minister of Belgium, shared a photo of Merkel staring down President Trump during a meeting at the G7 summit. Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum tariffs sparked tension at the meeting.

Canada's Justin Trudeau and other leaders had given closing press conferences and announced a US-backed joint statement. Then you carry your eyes toward the border of the picture and spot French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"We spent two days producing a statement and commitments", the statement said. We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency.

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