Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Donald Trump's G7 Tweets Were Depressing, Says Angela Merkel

Donald Trump's G7 Tweets Were Depressing, Says Angela Merkel

Merkel said that Trump would probably retaliate by implementing new tariffs on German vehicles.

Many saw a distillation of a crisis of the West in the photograph, and a revival of the debate launched by United States and British media after Trump's 2016 election whether Merkel was the new "leader of the free world".

"(Trump's) withdrawal via Twitter is of course sobering and a little depressing", Merkel said, according to a translation from public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

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

Merkel did not know Trump planned to do this and only found out he pulled out from the "arduously negotiated" declaration while she was returning from the summit.

Doctored images showed the U.S. 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 has refused to budge on his tariffs against Canada and European countries.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in a stare down with Trump, while Macron is clasping the table, exasperated.

Shortly afterward, the White House issued a separate photo showing a sitting Trump speaking as Merkel, Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listen.

We will act too, says the German Chancellor. Trump tweeted Saturday evening, saying he was responding to the Canadian leader, who he called dishonest and weak.

Trudeau's office cast doubt over the genuineness of Trump's offense at the prime minister's remarks, pointing out that Trudeau's messages simply reiterated his position before the summit, that he will oppose attempts to bully Canada on trade. 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.

The French president's office said in a statement: "International co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

The response from Mr Macron suggests an end to what observers had noted was a budding "bromance" between the French president and Mr Trump. "And anyone who leaves and turns their back on them shows their inconsistency", the palace said. In an echo of Cold War meetings on neutral ground, Austria is encouraging the USA to hold a summit in Vienna, a White House official said last week.

"We spent two days producing a statement and commitments", the statement said.

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