Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

The US president, who is in Singapore for a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, tweeted on Monday that America was paying disproportionately more towards the costs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) than fellow members.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that. he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak", he added.

Earlier that day, Trump also tweeted: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". Trump has raised the issue most forcefully, however, regularly taking Berlin to task over the military budget and Merkel said he "had a point".

Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the other leaders clashed with Trump over steel and aluminum tariffs as well as his decision to abandon a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

Trump finished his tweet tirade with: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

Looking ahead to the next major diplomatic encounter with Trump - a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance leaders in July - "it won't be easy", Merkel said.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said. A Madawaska, Maine, mill pumps pulp from the Canadian side of the border to be made into paper on the USA side.

Last week, Canada hit back at the Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion USA dollars) worth of US steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products. Echoing a series of comments she's made about the erosion of US-European ties, Merkel expressed consternation about Trump's disavowal of the G-7's joint closing statement.

"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible".

"I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!"

Despite the sharp differences, Trudeau said all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs". "You know, it's like the gig is up". The EU also won't be "taken for a ride" in its trade conflict with the USA, she said.

The German leader's commanding presence and Mr Trump's defiant posture immediately caught the Internet's attention and the photo was quickly turned into a hilarious meme.

Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience
Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

Speaking in her first interview since the G7 summit in Canada, the chancellor said the European Union would continue preparing countermeasures to United States metal tariffs. "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union".

President Trump started his day in Singapore on Monday where he blasted the Canadian Prime Minister and slammed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation just after meeting with the United States allies at the G7 in Quebec.

But he got direct personal support from some European leaders.

French President Emmanuel Macron attacked Trump's stance, saying, "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency.

May added, "We have agreed to stand ready to take further restrictive measures against Russian Federation if necessary".

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on USA companies.

Trudeau did not respond to the USA attacks, instead declaring the summit a success.

"Eyebrow gate" may well have been thanks to lighting at the press conference or pictures taken at a unusual angle-but that hasn't stopped speculation about Trudeau's possibly fake eyebrows online, with Twitter loving the odd images. But even those vested in Canadian trade are not expected to come to Trudeau's defense as long as the U.S. economy is roaring.

Asked about the president's Twitter blasts, Trudeau says June 7 that he won't sink to that level - "I've been firm, I've been clear, but I don't think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world".

"To our allies", McCain tweeted, "bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values". The G7 is meant to be a gathering of stable democracies with large economies. Now there is a question mark over that.

The remarks have enraged U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump also said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry, throwing the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray. "We make commitments and keep them", the presidency said, adding that "France and Europe maintain their support for this (G7) statement".

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