Merkel: Trump's Twitter Withdrawal From G-7 Statement 'Sobering' And 'Depressing'

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"Actually, we were just talking - the whole group - about something unrelated to everything, very friendly", Trump said.

Later on Saturday, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all seven nations had signed a joint communique at the end of the summit, Trump angrily lashed out on Twitter, stating the USA would not endorse the statement. And I said 'What's this all about?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lambasted the US President Donald Trump's decision to renege on the G7 joint statement.

"We asked him about that", she told Anne Will, adding that his answers "did not sound convincing" to her. She also described her impression from Trump's behavior at the summit as "disillusionment".

European Union nations' failure to speak and act with one voice overseas is a "danger", Merkel warned, as is the fact "that we have no collective approach to the question of managing migration", vital if freedom of movement within Europe's borders is to be upheld.

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

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.

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The G-7 summit participants managed to patch over their disagreements and agree to disagree on some issues in a joint final statement.

The German chancellor's comments on Sunday come after Trudeau announced that Canada would implement its own retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. Trump had given Canada, the European Union and Mexico temporary exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs he first announced in March, but said at the end of May that he would be ending the exemptions.

The calamitous summit ended in disarray after Trump broadsided his allies by disavowing a joint statement the U.S. had agreed to. Trump tweeted Saturday evening, saying he was responding to the Canadian leader, who he called dishonest and weak.

The US and its allies have been locked in a bitter dispute of trade tariffs and perceived trade "inequality" for quite some time.

Emmanuel Macron has warned Donald Trump about "fits of anger" after the United States president refused to endorse a joint communique of G7 leaders. Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum tariffs sparked tension at the meeting.

Canada also plans to impose similar taxes on steel and aluminum imports from the U.S., as well as levy taxes on such goods as whiskey, orange juice and other food products in addition to that.

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