Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

"We have a very really good relationship, very special", said Trump who recently hosted Macron for a state visit - the first since the American president came to power.

The response from the leaders of Europe, Canada and Japan was swift.

Over the course of his presidency, Trump has inflamed allies with his isolationist policies, including withdrawing the USA from the Paris climate accord and the global Iran-nuclear agreement.

In spite of engaging in a recent war of words with Trudeau over tariffs, Kudlow said the two countries remain "firm friends" in spite of short-term disagreements and that the planned bilateral meeting will be a strong opportunity for the two leaders to work out their differences.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she finds President Donald Trump's tweet disavowing a common statement after the Group of Seven summit in Canada "sobering" and "a little depressing".

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"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

Touching the thorny issue of Germany's relatively low defence spending, Merkel acknowledged that Trump's criticism was partly correct and that Berlin had to do more to reach NATO's goal of spending to 2 percent of economic output on defence.

The US president has steadfastly refused to acknowledge that Russian Federation had any substantive impact on his 2016 election, despite the verdict of his own spy agencies and a major FBI investigation that has looked into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not show a clear stance on the issue, the official said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Sunday called on European nations to stick together following Trump's announcement.

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Slamming Trump for "unproductive" tariffs that are "unilateral and illegal" and preventing other nations from dealing with Iran, Macron said that nothing "is forever" and even Trump's presidency would come to an end.

Trump responded on Twitter: "Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" But Trump emerged from the White House South Portico 30 minutes late on Friday morning, and spent another 20 minutes talking to reporters.

"All of these countries have been taking advantage of the United States on trade", he said before flying out.

Information for this article was contributed by Michael D. Shear of The New York Times; by Catherine Lucey and Rob Gillies of The Associated Press; and by Josh Wingrove, Kitty Donaldson and Helene Fouquet of Bloomberg News.

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump, who exchanged terse Twitter messages ahead of the G7 summit, had a brief "very cordial" discussion about trade and North Korea, a French official said on Friday.

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