Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

  • Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

She also described her impression from Trump's behavior at the summit as "disillusionment". According to the Census Bureau, the European Union had a $101 billion trade surplus in goods and services with the USA past year and a $30.3 billion surplus in the first quarter.

A photograph of world leaders from the Group of Seven nations with the most advanced economies surrounding Donald Trump, first shared on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's official Instagram account, went viral on social media over the weekend, inviting a flurry of jokes and multiple caption contests.

Merkel indicated she lobbied Trump to refrain from slapping tariffs on USA vehicle imports from Europe, a measure that threatens to hit German carmakers the hardest.

"The withdrawal by tweet is, of course, sobering and a bit depressing", she said.

The German leader said she had no idea of Donald Trump's motive for suggesting to revive the G8 format.

"We must decide who comes to Europe, not the smugglers", said Kurz, who is due to meet with Seehofer on Wednesday. "Instead, we act then too".

"Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions." .

The German chancellor bemoaned that "Sometimes it seems that the American president thinks that only one side wins and everyone else loses", apparently referring to Trump's barbs directed against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The group managed a common statement in which they agreed to disagree on some issues, only to have Trump disavow the document in a tweet after leaving the meeting.

Trump advisers Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro nonetheless toed the presidential line, savaging Trudeau in Sunday show appearances over what Kudlow acknowledged were "things that the prime minister has said before, basically".

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's office announced in a statement, according to Reuters. In late May, Washington slapped its allies with import tariffs on steel and aluminum after it failed to win concessions from its trading partners.

Although Trump and Kudlow have since claimed Trudeau "stabbed us in the back" and was the reason for the U-turn, it is Trump's actions that other G7 leaders appeared to find frustrating.

Echoing Merkel's sentiments, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that "international cooperation can not depend on fits of anger and a few words", according to a statement published by French public broadcaster RFI.