France, Germany near roadmap on European Union taxes: minister

France, Germany near roadmap on European Union taxes: minister

France, Germany near roadmap on European Union taxes: minister

Trump announced in tweets following his early departure from the summit that he would refuse to sign the communiqué as a result of press conference comments by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, in line with World Trade Organisation rules, Merkel said.

A subsequent visit in April this year warranted only a working lunch for the German leader, several days after fellow European Union leader Macron got the full, formal state dinner treatment from Trump.

On Saturday morning Trump said he was open to getting rid of the tariffs if the other countries agreed to a more pure form of free trade. Across a narrow table, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are standing, holding copies of a draft text, arguing for their position.

There was much speculation at the G7 summit about whether the leaders would be able to agree on enough to issue a joint communiqué, given serious differences over trade and climate change policies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose office released the photo on Instagram, is leaning over a desk, appearing as though she is lecturing him.

Trump's "America First" message to allies has hardened since he brought hardline national security adviser John Bolton on to his team.

While Trump has already left the G-7 Saturday morning, the picture in still burning up the internet, officially becoming a Twitter Moment Saturday.

"Europe must take its fate into his own hands and no longer imprudently follow the US", Merkel said. "It may not be politically correct to say it, but we have a world to run". At a press conference following the summit, Trudeau repeated his earlier description of U.S. trade tariffs as "insulting" and vowed retaliatory measures would come in July.

The summit did not mark the end of the transatlantic partnership between Europe and the U.S., Merkel said. In his turn, Trump announced that the United States would be looking to impose tariffs on auto imports.

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

Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership.

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