Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

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Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 18:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't invited to the G-7 summit in Canada, although US President Donald Trump suggested he be readmitted.

Merkel captioned the picture: "Day two of the G-7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions". In the United States version, we see Mr Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a sceptical, nearly sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly. Later, Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro said in an interview with Fox News, "There is a special place in hell for any foreign leader who engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

Officials from Justin Trudeau's team also shared an image of the Canadian PM and summit host leader being presented with work by Prime Minister Theresa May, Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel, while an uninterested Mr Trump stares into space.

Canada also plans to impose similar taxes on steel and aluminum imports from the United States, as well as levy taxes on such goods as whiskey, orange juice and other food products in addition to that.

Tensions between the USA and the European Union saw the G7 summit end in chaos after Mr Trump refused to sign the joint statement of world leaders.

US trading partners are furious over Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

"I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!"

Expectations for a breakthrough at the summit, however, are low, with USA allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues.

"You can destroy an incredible amount of trust very quickly in a tweet", he said. We have a very big trade deficit with Canada.

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". Asked by reporters whether he would relent on tariffs, Trump looked at Merkel and said: "I don't know".

The European leader-famed for negotiating compromise without political histrionics-gave an uncharacteristically candid and combative assessment of relations with Trump as she spoke to German channel ARD, after last week's G-7 summit.