Mic picks up awkward conversation between Merkel and Trump at G7 summit

  • Mic picks up awkward conversation between Merkel and Trump at G7 summit

Mic picks up awkward conversation between Merkel and Trump at G7 summit

Trade dominated the two-day summit that began on Friday with leaders of Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Britain and Italy returning to the topic repeatedly in meetings, at a lavish dinner and by a fireside pit late into the evening. Trump hasn't said whether he is considering the proposal.

The joint communique, advocating a "rules-based trading system", was reached despite tension over United States tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. Mexico slapped a 25% import tariff on USA steel products, as well as 20% on pork products, 25% on bourbon and duties on other agricultural goods including cranberries.

"This is what a G7 is supposed to be about - all of us pulling together and doing things that matter for our citizens and for the world", Trudeau said.

A quick prompt from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau produced an all-smiles photo of the G-7 leaders on Friday.

Vice President Mike Pence told Trudeau he would have to agree to that before Trump would agree to meet him.

The incredible moment was caught on the official G7 broadcaster mic while the G7 leaders, plus European Union chiefs Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, stood on a podium for a photocall. "We win that war 1,000 times out of 1,000".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, tweeted Mr. Trump had "alienated our allies". "It was a hard time, rough, very frank".

The president has been a disruptive force for the worldwide trading order, insisting other countries move to reduce barriers he said have left the US with a trade deficit of more than $800 billion.

Low expectations for the meeting, which ended yesterday, could allow leaders to cast any consensus as an achievement, especially given that Mr Trump and most of the other G-7 leaders headed into the talks appearing ready to fight.

Trump first floated the idea of a Russian Federation return before he headed to Canada on Friday for the meeting, throwing a further wrench into a grouping that's grappling with his move to slap tariffs on allies' steel and aluminum exports.

However, before the acrimony spilled out into the public, Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to lighten the mood by cracking a joke with the USA leader.

"These are jointly shared principles, although the pitfalls lie in the details", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a press conference before the release of the communique. Trump called Trudeau "meek and mild" and "dishonest and weak" in a tweet for his stance on tariffs.

Trump's reversal, announced while he was en route to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sent his G7 partners scrambling.

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations with the President", said spokesman Cameron Ahmad.

Following his announcement that the USA would be pulling its endorsement of the joint statement, Trump took another jab at Trudeau in a second tweet.

"He won't have that opportunity again", Trump said. "If you give in now, he will come back tomorrow for more".

Tweeting en route to his next summit in Singapore, Mr Trump said he had instructed USA officials "not to endorse the communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles".

Yet after leaving the summit, Trump tweeted that he would instruct USA officials not to endorse the G-7 statement, after objecting to comments from summit host Trudeau.