‘Depressing’: Merkel slams Trump’s ‘withdrawal in tweet’ following G7 summit fallout

German Chancellor Angela Merkel center speaks with President Donald Trump seated at right during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie Quebec Canada on Saturday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel center speaks with President Donald Trump seated at right during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie Quebec Canada on Saturday

In an echo of Cold War meetings on neutral ground, Austria is encouraging the United States to hold a summit in Vienna, a White House official said last week.

Trudeau's office cast doubt over the genuineness of Trump's offense at the prime minister's remarks, pointing out that Trudeau's messages simply reiterated his position before the summit, that he will oppose attempts to bully Canada on trade.

Merkel said the G7 leaders had agreed to review their trade ties and assess the scope of existing tariffs in order to avoid further trade barriers. She also said the United States president wasn't entirely wrong in pressing Germany to increase defence spending.

Guy Verhofstaft, the European Union parliament's representative in Brexit negotiations and former prime minister of Belgium, shared a photo of Merkel staring down President Trump during a meeting at the G7 summit.

"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.

Trump was attending the G7 Summit in Canada, but left the meeting early announcing via a tweet "that he was backing out of the joint communique". Trump spent the days leading up to the meeting tweeting complaints about the summit's "indignant" host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron, arguing that both leaders refused to budge on their trade positions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Donald Trump Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron gather for the family

Merkel's comment was one of two nods to Trump during her hourlong ARD interview after her return from the G-7.

Despite tensions over Trump's intended trade tariffs the USA and its G7 allies had put on an apparent show of unity at the end of the tense summit.

Merkel also commented on the statement of the US President, informs Bloomberg.

There was much speculation at the G7 summit about whether the leaders would be able to agree on enough to issue a joint communiqué, given serious differences over trade and climate change policies.

"We as Europe have to stand up for our principles, potentially together with Japan and Canada", Merkel said. Russian Federation was thrown out of what was then the G8 after it invaded and annexed Crimea - a strategic Black Sea peninsula - from Kyiv in 2014 and later fomented an ongoing war in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region that has killed almost 11,000 people.

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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