Donald Trump's G7 Tweets Were Depressing, Says Angela Merkel

Merkel-Trump G7 face-off photo headed for history books

A picture of U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel displaying less-than-friendly body language is turning out to be a defining image of the contentious meeting of the Group of Seven leaders of the world's advanced economies.

"We will try to see if we can stop this from happening..."

She took particular issue with Trump's previous claim that imports of Canadian steel and aluminum had made U.S. steel and aluminum plants unsustainable, thereby threatening national security. She also said the USA president wasn't entirely wrong in pressing Germany to increase defence spending. "And then hopefully the European Union will respond again in the same unified way", she said, as reported by South China Morning Post.

It also says the countries will work to promote low or no tariffs in order to promote trade between them.

In an attack on Canada's "very dishonest and weak" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr Trump revealed he was tearing up the agreed communique from the G7 gathering in Charlevoix, Canada.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

Trump has long argued that the United States is trapped in a number of trade deals that put the country at a competitive disadvantage.

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"The withdrawal, so to speak, via tweet is of course. sobering and a bit depressing", Merkel said in an ARD television interview following the G7 summit.

She also spoke about Trump's suggestion to re-admit Russian Federation to the group.

She also spoke about Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation be readmitted to the G-7, from which it was booted after its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

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.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump left the summit early en route for Singapore to attend a historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong un, which will be held on June 12. "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 U.S. presidential election.

Some media, though, interpreted the photo as another embarrassing moment for the U.S. Esquire sighed that the photo proved how Trump was still alienating our allies.

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