Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

Kudlow admitted to CNN on Sunday that Trump had "compromised on the communique" but changed his mind later, seeing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's appear vindicated after the summit. "They don't take our farm products", Trump complained at the news conference Tuesday.

Paris also delivered a withering response to the U.S. president's tweeted instruction for American officials to withhold their endorsement.

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's office announced in a statement, according to Reuters.

"We spend two days working out a [joint] statement and commitments".

"Let's be serious and worthy of our people. We make commitments and keep them".

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The statement added "France and Europe maintain their support" for the G7 conclusions.

She also spoke about Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation be readmitted to the G-7, from which it was booted after its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Last year, the United States president was wowed by a French military parade in Paris after being invited to join Mr Macron for his country's annual Bastille Day celebrations.

Kurz, whose country assumes the EU's rotating presidency on July 1, said he welcomed the "good cooperation that we want to develop between Rome, Vienna and Berlin". Her interview came about a day after Trump refused to endorse the G7 summit's communique that called for reducing tariff barriers.

Merkel indicated she lobbied Trump to refrain from slapping tariffs on US vehicle imports from Europe, a measure that threatens to hit German carmakers the hardest. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

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Like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, in line with World Trade Organisation rules, Merkel said.

However, Merkel said it is too early to give up entirely on the United States and "There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping a close transatlantic partnership], even though we can not just rely on it anymore".

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.

Russian Federation was expelled following Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, which Mr Trump characterised as "something happened a while ago".

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