Merkel: G7 agree on commitment to rules-based trade

  • Merkel: G7 agree on commitment to rules-based trade

Merkel: G7 agree on commitment to rules-based trade

However, Merkel said it is too early to give up entirely on the United States and "There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping a close transatlantic partnership], even though we can not just rely on it anymore".

"The withdrawal, so to speak, via tweet is of course. sobering and a bit depressing", Merkel said in an ARD television interview following the G7 summit.

Russian Federation was expelled following Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, which Mr Trump characterised as "something happened a while ago".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called President Donald Trump's choice to break ranks with USA allies-by backing out of a joint statement on social media and then deride foreign leaders-"a little depressing".

"No more. (photo by @RegSprecher)", crediting Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert's account for the image for good measure.

President Trump has refused to budge on his tariffs against Canada and European countries.

A picture of U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel displaying less-than-friendly body language is turning out to be a defining image of the contentious meeting of the Group of Seven leaders of the world's advanced economies.

We will act too, says the German Chancellor.

In an attack on Canada's "very dishonest and weak" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr Trump revealed he was tearing up the agreed communique from the G7 gathering in Charlevoix, Canada.

The G7 nations are Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

The photo shows Merkel staring down at Trump, who is sitting with his hands folded, while she is standing behind the table with both her hands firmly placed on its surfaces. He will not be attending the second day, as he is all set to leave for Singapore where is scheduled to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un on June 12.

"As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

Ten minutes later, the French President's office released a photo that shows Mr Macron negotiating with his American counterpart, gesticulating to make a point. "We stand by it and whoever leaves it and turns their back on it is showing inconsistency and lack of character".

He said USA farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms: "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them".