Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing'

Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel watches as President Donald Trump talks with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde during the Gender Equality Advisory Council breakfast during the G-7 summit, June 9, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.

The British leader echoed disappointment from other leaders that President Donald Trump first agreed to a communique for "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" and the reduction of "tariff barriers", but later tweeted he wouldn't endorse the deal. "We agree that a return by Russian Federation to the G-7 format can not happen as long as there isn't any substantial progress in regard to the problems with Ukraine", said Merkel, CNN reported. 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".

Trump left the meeting between the world's leading industrialized countries with a warning to USA allies, saying that if they don't remove trade barriers with the US then they will face consequences.

Trump set the tone before leaving Washington on Friday.

Germany, Europe's top economy, finds itself in the sights of the United States president due to its large trade surplus and defense spending criticized as too low.

Macron left his mark on Trump's hand after a firm handshake
Image Emmanuel Macron left his mark on Donald Trump's hand after a firm handshake

"Hopefully the European Union will again act as collectively as it has this time", the chancellor said. We have to change it. The summit's rancor left American allies unsure of how they'll work with the Trump administration on trade going forward. But differences remain on how to balance French President Emmanuel Macron's call for more solidarity in Europe. The leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter ahead of the summit.

Belgian Guy Verhofstadt, who heads the European Parliament's liberal group, chose the tagline: "Just tell us what Vladimir has on you".

Merkel described Trump's decision to withdraw his approval of the joint communique following the G7 summit in Canada as a "sobering experience". "Ask this great lady". Trump himself looks like a comically petulant child, and John Bolton, the National Security Advisor, appears to be nervous, staunchly standing by the president.

He plans to leave the summit four hours earlier than originally planned to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said.

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