Merkel calls US retraction of support 'sobering and somewhat depressing'

Geneva Stokes
June 13, 2018

In the same interview, Merkel said the European Union was preparing to implement counter-measures against us tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

"He learned", Mr Trump said.

European leaders met ahead of the formal kickoff of the G7 summit where Merkel proposed a so-called "shared evaluation mechanism" on United States trade, which was enthusiastically backed by French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, according to a French official who briefed reporters on the meeting.

Trump went into the G-7 summit having riled its other members - Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan - on a number of geopolitical issues.

The summit did not mark the end of the transatlantic partnership between Europe and the U.S., Merkel said.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron had what was described by a French official as a "very cordial" discussion about trade and North Korea. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, ostensibly one of Trump's closer allies, has his arms folded and appears incredulous.

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As well as Merkel glancing at Trump when he arrived late to the summit's gender equality breakfast.

"So we won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again".

Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S.to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imports. "I would say that the G-8 is a more meaningful group than the G-7, absolutely", Trump said. As the summit closed, Trudeau held a televised news conference to discuss the communication, where he was asked about Trump's new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

She further said that the United States tariffs were "illegal and unjustified" and Canada did not believe in using "ad hominem attacks". Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Canadian official told national broadcaster CBC that not only had Trudeau made these remarks prior to the meeting, on US television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air.

The British leader echoed disappointment from other leaders that President Donald Trump first agreed to a communique for "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" and the reduction of "tariff barriers", but later tweeted he wouldn't endorse the deal.

After Trump left the summit, tensions between him and the rest of the G7 continued to escalate. "International cooperation cannot depend on anger or small words".

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