Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

G7 allies confront Trump with trade numbers in tense G7 summit

G7 allies confront Trump with trade numbers in tense G7 summit

Those words, spoken at a beer-tent election rally, were a reaction to Trump hectoring European leaders for not spending enough on defense at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels. "We were talking while we were waiting for the final copy of the document".

Many saw a distillation of a crisis of the West in the photograph, and a revival of the debate launched by United States and British media after Trump's 2016 election whether Merkel was the new "leader of the free world".

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

But "I understand the G7 to be a group for countries that have shared principles", she added. "That was, that was such an innocent picture".

Germany's influential centre-right leader said a tariff-free area among G7 allies would be an ideal outcome, but she made clear that any talks about this sort of trade bloc would have to include non-tariff barriers to trade as well as free access to public tenders, which Trump's isolationist and protectionist supporters in the U.S. have opposed. Trump himself looks like a comically petulant child, and John Bolton, the National Security Advisor, appears to be nervous, staunchly standing by the president.

Trump ultimately refused to sign on to the communique. -Canada border. He said unleashing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday warned both Trump and the European Union of the dangers of entering a tit-for-tat trade war over tariffs, urging both sides to instead focus on China's excess steel production.

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The decision to remove the USA from the communique set off a strong response from other G7 leaders.

Chancellor Merkel launched a more direct attack, describing President Trump's behaviour as "sobering and slightly depressing".

Britain's ITV reported that Macron called Trump's Twitter posts "fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

"You know, we put out that picture".

Trump told Macron during their recent meeting in Washington that there are too many German cars in the United States, the source previously told CNN.

The image was first released by Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, and was taken by the official German government photographer Jesco Denzel.

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