Merkel calls USA retraction of support 'sobering and somewhat depressing'

Merkel calls USA retraction of support 'sobering and somewhat depressing'

Merkel calls USA retraction of support 'sobering and somewhat depressing'

Despite being at odds with other countries at the gathering in Canada, Mr Trump rated his relationship with their leaders as a "10" - naming Germany's Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau, but not the UK's Prime Minister.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to US President Donald Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec June 9, 2018.

Trump said the tariffs are necessary for national security.

While there have been disputes over policy, analysts say the current dust-ups between the Trump administration and longtime US allies point to a potential shift in global dynamics.

"I have been Russia's worst nightmare.but with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting", Trump said Friday at the White House, according to press reports.

Turning to Russia, Merkel said she could imagine Moscow re-joining the G7 format at some point, but there first had to be progress in the implementation of the peace plan for Ukraine.

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.

She added that Berlin would continue its dialogue with the United States despite difficulties.

Trump had set a combative tone before leaving Washington on Friday, saying he was "going to deal with the unfair trade practices" of other G7 members. "We have little tests every once in a while when it comes to trade".

But Mr Trump insisted it would be an "asset" to have Vladimir Putin back at the summit table.

While the G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an global agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Not to be outdone, Trump responded on Twitter saying that both Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". Some countries have retaliated with their own levies on US imports. The leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter ahead of the summit.

The details of the conversation, which Axios previously reported, come amid fears of a looming trade war over the Trump administration's move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. "Maybe we can help", in a tart reference to alleged collusion between Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and the Trump team to influence the United States presidential election.

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