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

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2018

"There is no reason for us not to talk to each other, but this is going to be hard", Merkel said, adding that her dialogue with Trump will continue during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels in July. We will also definitely go into talks with our. partners, especially Canada and Japan, and again see how we could work closer together.

"Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions." .

Merkel said she first found out about Trump's decision on the flight back from Canada.

And during an earlier meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the summit's host, Trump too attempted levity amid the rancor. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", the United States leader said before boarding the presidential jet. She also doubted if the USA leader still has what she called "the spirit of G7".

Merkel did not know Trump planned to do this and only found out he pulled out from the "arduously negotiated" declaration while she was returning from the summit.

"It's hard, it's depressing this time, but that's not the end" of the Group of Seven, she added.

The BBC parsed the picture by identifying all nine individuals in it, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is barely visible, and Larry Kudlow, head of Trump's National Economic Council as well as several Japanese officials and us national security adviser John Bolton. "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better".

However, Merkel avoided giving a definitive answer to the question of whether Germany will stop seeing the U.S. as an "important partner". "We will act", Ms. Merkel said.

Up until now, the German government has largely adopted a policy of quiet disapproval in Trump's direction, but Maas broke the silence ahead of the G7 summit in Canada, which begins Friday.

The German chancellor uploaded a photograph on Instagram of her and French President Emmanuel Macron seeming to stare down President Trump.

Ahead of the encounter, the allies made no secret of their anger at Trump s stance, pointed starkly to fears that he is undermining the rules-based world order and driving former USA friends into a damaging trade war.

Trump has already announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Europe, which will impact major exporter Germany and he intends to hit another key sector for the German economy-auto exports.

To be fair, it's not exactly clear what is going on at the moment when the picture was snapped.

On June 1, the USA imposed import duties 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. The seemingly off-the-cuff suggestion also sharpened the sense of isolation for the US president at a summit meeting that some have branded the "G6+1".

The chancellor also announced during Sunday's interview that, just like Canada, the European Union was also preparing counter-measures to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

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