Merkel disappointed by Trump’s u-turn on G7 statement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a rare one-on-one interview to ARD public television

From left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and Trump.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country "will not be pushed around on trade matters." and called USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum "insulting".

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.

Trump "uses Twitter to snub American's partners in Europe and the world - is the G7 finished?" As per a Deutsche Welle report, Merkel, in her first interview after the summit, called Trump's statement as "a little depressing" and termed the G7 communiqué as an "arduously negotiated" one. A White House adviser later admitted that Trump's desire to appear strong was partly the reason for this move.

"I have spoken of a sobering experience, which for me is a lot", she added.

"So we won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again". "Instead, we act then too".

The Charlevoix G-7 summit was marked by sharp disagreements over Trump's decision to impose higher import taxes on aluminum and steel imports.

The two-day G7 summit ended on Sunday.


The German chancellor also said she is not ready to "give up on G7" but would seek dialogue with Russian Federation and try to "work very closely" with Japan, Canada, India and China. The leaders of the world's richest democracies had promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade.

The US president came under fire at the contentious G7 summit of leading economic powers for his "America First" protectionist drive.

According to Reuters, the French official confirmed that both ministers agreed to continue their negotiations during the week, probably by video conference.

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Chancellor Merkel to criticize Trump's handling of the matter.

Meanwhile, Trump's off to Singapore to meet up with North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un who landed in the country earlier today.

The German chancellor uploaded a photograph on Instagram of her and French President Emmanuel Macron seeming to stare down President Trump.

The anger between the two sides escalated after President Trump relentlessly attacked the European Union for treating the U.S. as its own "piggy bank". We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency.

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