Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

The leaders discussed trade in their afternoon group meeting, touching on the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the steel and aluminum tariffs that Trump recently imposed on Canada and the European Union, the Canadian official said.

"I'm not saying that none of the things he wants will happen", Merkel said in an interview with ARD public television.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country "will not be pushed around on trade matters." and called USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum "insulting". She further said that the USA tariffs were "illegal and unjustified" and Canada did not believe in using "ad hominem attacks". But the summit host, Trudeau, whose nation was among those singled out by Trump, pushed back and said he would not hesitate to retaliate against his neighbor to the south.

Mr Trump on Saturday threw the G-7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Mr Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.

Trump revoked his administration's support for the G-7 communique after Trudeau's news conference.

"I have spoken of a sobering experience, which for me is a lot", she added.

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Echoing a series of comments she's made about the erosion of US-European ties, Merkel expressed consternation about Trump's disavowal of the G-7's joint closing statement.

Doctored images showed the USA president as a petulant child - including memes with Trump overturning a bowl of noodles on his head or clutching a teddy bear as Merkel sternly looks on.

Although Trump and Kudlow have since claimed Trudeau "stabbed us in the back" and was the reason for the U-turn, it is Trump's actions that other G7 leaders appeared to find frustrating.

"The situation isn't very nice", Merkel said. "And that's why we need to increase our defense spending", Merkel said. Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" in a tweet after Trudeau repeated criticisms of US tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and Trump's trade policies in a news conference following the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec.

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.

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.

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