Merkel calls Trump's attitude towards G7 summit 'depressing'

Merkel calls Trump's attitude towards G7 summit 'depressing'

Merkel calls Trump's attitude towards G7 summit 'depressing'

"We're going to deal with the unfair trade practices".

"We've had really a very good relationship, very special", the USA president said of Macron, a day after the two leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter. "We are standing by them, and whoever turns their back on them shows their incoherence and inconsistencies", an aide to Macron said.

This year's summit had a particular focus on trade.

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". "Angela (Merkel) and Emmanuel (Macron) and Justin (Trudeau) - I would say the relationship is a 10".

Earlier in the day, the USA leader tweeted that he had instructed his representatives not to sign the statement, hours after the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced all countries had supported it. We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade.

"We finished the meeting, really, everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Trump told reporters at a news conference following his summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

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.

Canada and the European Union have denounced the USA tariffs and Ottawa has proposed levies on a range of US goods next month while the European Union has pledged its own retaliatory measures. Meanwhile, when asked about Kudlow and Navarro's comments, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that she was thankful she was "not responsible for explaining the reasoning behind any comments made by the officials of any foreign government".

That has financial markets anxious about tit-for-tit escalation that could tarnish an overall rosy global economic outlook.

That statement had sought to overcome deep disagreements, notably over trade. Canada and Mexico, the other members of the 1994 pact, have been frustrated by the slow pace of the talks.

"It's hard, it's depressing this time, but that's not the end" of the Group of Seven, she said in a rare one-on-one interview with ARD public television. Russian Federation was expelled from the group four years ago after its annexation of Crimea. "Maybe we can help", in a reference to alleged collusion between Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and the Trump team to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Both Moscow and Trump have denied the allegations.

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