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Merkel: Trump's Twitter Withdrawal From G-7 Statement 'Sobering' And 'Depressing'

Merkel: Trump's Twitter Withdrawal From G-7 Statement 'Sobering' And 'Depressing'”

In response to Mr Trump's decision to withhold USA support for the summit conclusions, a senior United Kingdom government source said: "We stand by the commitments made in the G7 communique". "And I can not postpone it until hell freezes over", Mr. Seehofer said, according to Deutsche Welle. She also doubted if the USA leader still has what she called "the spirit of G7".

The European leader-famed for negotiating compromise without political histrionics-gave an uncharacteristically candid and combative assessment of relations with Trump as she spoke to German channel ARD, after last week's G-7 summit.

The response from Mr Macron suggests an end to what observers had noted was a budding "bromance" between the French president and Mr Trump.

"There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping close transatlantic partnership], even though we can not just rely on it anymore", she added. "Instead, we act then too", Merkel said in an unusually combative tone. Her interview came about a day after Trump refused to endorse the G7 summit's communique that called for reducing tariff barriers.

Mr Trump had already threatened to divide the G7, made up of the US, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, when he suggested Russian Federation should be allowed to rejoin the group. Trump tweeted Saturday evening, saying he was responding to the Canadian leader, who he called dishonest and weak.

It appears that US President Donald Trump managed to make headlines at the G7 summit not only with his words and actions, but also with his appearance as well.

'I think it marks very sensible cooperation that will contribute to reducing illegal migration to Europe, ' Kurz told reporters at a convivial news conference with Seehofer, in marked contrast with the far more formal exchange he had with Merkel late Tuesday.

The US and its allies have been locked in a bitter dispute of trade tariffs and perceived trade "inequality" for quite some time. 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.

Speaking on German television Merkel also expressed regret about President Donald Trump's surprise decision to withdraw his endorsement of the recent G7 summit's final communique.

Canada also plans to impose similar taxes on steel and aluminum imports from the United States, as well as levy taxes on such goods as whiskey, orange juice and other food products in addition to that.



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