Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7

Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7

A picture of US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel displaying less-than-friendly body language has turned out to be a defining image of the contentious meeting of the G7 leaders of the world's advanced economies.

A photo shared on Angela Merkel's official Instagram page appears to hint at some of the billed tension at the G7 summit in Canada.

American President Donald Trump has said the WTO has been a "disaster" and "very unfair" towards the United States.

The two leaders met for talks on the margins of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada.

The president also denied the G7 meetings were contentious but maintained his confrontational stance.

After all, during the summit, Trump had threatened to enact stiff penalties if other countries did not agree to dramatically reduce or end tariffs on American goods. Now...we are going to fix that situation. "Now, the relationship that I've had is great, so you can tell that to your fake friends at CNN". It is among several photos the White House sent to news media after the German government released the Merkel photo.

"He did not back away or blunt his critiques, and despite first-name references to "Angela" and "Justin", Trump did little to disguise his distrust of the worldwide consensus model of world affairs that the G-7 represents. I would say the relationship is a 10", Trump said.

She points to demands by Trump for Europe to pay more for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, his exit from the Paris climate agreement, conflicts over trade and his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last month.

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