Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing'

Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing'

Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing'

But Trudeau had simply reiterated points he'd made before: that Canada planned dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs in response to Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Meanwhile, when asked about Kudlow and Navarro's comments, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that she was thankful she was "not responsible for explaining the reasoning behind any comments made by the officials of any foreign government".

Trump's "America First" doctrine shows that "we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements", Merkel told German lawmakers, adding that failure to reach common ground could lead to the highly unusual step of host Canada issuing a concluding statement not agreed to by all participants. This year's summit had a particular focus on trade. French President Emmanuel Macron's eyebrows are furrowed, and his knuckles are digging into the desk; he looks exasperated. "You should ask Prime Minister Abe".

Trump was especially "strong" towards Trudeau, ranting about agriculture, and Merkel.

"Actually, we were just talking - the whole group - about something unrelated to everything, very friendly", Trump said.

Trump revoked his administration's support for the G7 communique after Trudeau's news conference.

The bid to gloss over the divide might see the reputation of the G-7 salvaged instead of becoming an unprecedented casualty of us tariffs, disagreements over climate change and the future of the Iran deal. "We agree that a return by Russian Federation to the G-7 format can not happen as long as there isn't any substantial progress in regard to the problems with Ukraine", said Merkel, CNN reported.

Adam Scotti, photographer to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, captured images of Trudeau standing above the group as well as a moment where he is gesturing to Trump, who appears actively listening. "They don't take our farm products", Trump complained at the news conference Tuesday. He explained that "with regret", Canada will impose "equivalent" retaliatory tariffs on the USA, effective July 1.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seated together at a G7 working dinner in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", Macron said in a statement.

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