Chancellor Angela Merkel: Trump's rejection of G7 communique 'sobering' and 'depressing'

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Europe will implement counter-measures against USA tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw support for a G7 communique.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday (10 June) she was more open to French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to reform migration and defence policy in Europe than his hopes to bolster the euro.

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Trade was a massive issue at this year's summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump butting heads.

In a photo released by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands surrounded by other leaders as she peers down at President Donald Trump, who is seated with his arms crossed and returns her gaze. "According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

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With as neutral an expression as possible, she stares directly at President Trump, who sits on the other side of the table. "Instead, we act then too", Merkel said in an unusually combative tone.

Merkel said it was not clear whether the group would issue a final directive, adding that failure to do so would be an honest reflection of the lack of agreement among Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

The German leader said she had no idea of Donald Trump's motive for suggesting to revive the G8 format. Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, accused Trudeau of undermining US interests at the summit, calling Trudeau's actions "a betrayal".

The German chancellor's comments on Sunday come after Trudeau announced that Canada would implement its own retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. Trump had given Canada, the European Union and Mexico temporary exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs he first announced in March, but said at the end of May that he would be ending the exemptions. We have a very big trade deficit with Canada. The source did not say Trump explicitly said he wanted all German-made cars out of the US. In his turn, Trump announced that the U.S. would be looking to impose tariffs on vehicle imports.

Although he arrived in Canada on Friday, Trump also arrived late to the G-7's summit first session on Saturday morning, a breakfast meeting about gender equality.

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