Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

12 June, 2018, 18:01 | Author: Myra Gill
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Yet after leaving the summit, Trump tweeted that he would instruct US officials not to endorse the G-7 statement, after objecting to comments from summit host Trudeau.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a new interview Sunday that the European Union would implement counter-measures in response to President TrumpDonald John Trump McCain rips Trump over trade, tells allies: "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't" Head of Canada's auto parts industry association mocks Trump's threat of auto tariffs Dem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement MORE's decision to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc.

Merkel captioned the picture: "Day two of the G-7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions".

Although an event entirely comprising of USA allies, Trump had angered the majority of the leaders before he had even arrived, imposing trade tariffs on European and Canadian exports.

Closer home, Indian Twitter users spotted an opportunity to make the photo more relatable by editing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Trump's place, asking when they would receive the Rs 15 lakhs Bharatiya Janata Party leaders promised each Indian would receive if they were voted into power in 2014.

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", Merkel said.

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


Doctored images showed the United States president as a petulant child - including memes with Trump overturning a bowl of noodles on his head or clutching a teddy bear as Merkel sternly looks on.

President Trump left the meeting half-way, warning the G7 nations that if they don't remove trade barriers with the US, they will face consequences.

Like virtually all German media, Berlin's daily Tagesspiegel ran the picture prominently and said Trump's caustic tweets upending the summit conclusions had "shaken the West".

But the 40-year-old French leader has plans for the 19-nation eurozone "that he knows are not the right ones as far as I'm concerned", she added.

Trump was attending the G7 Summit in Canada, but left the meeting early announcing via a tweet "that he was backing out of the joint communique".

European leaders met ahead of the formal kickoff of the G7 summit where Merkel proposed a so-called "shared evaluation mechanism" on United States trade, which was enthusiastically backed by French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, according to a French official who briefed reporters on the meeting.

The US and its allies have been locked in a bitter dispute of trade tariffs and perceived trade "inequality" for quite some time. Asked by reporters whether he would relent on tariffs, Trump looked at Merkel and said: "I don't know".

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