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Trump G7 Tweets 'Sobering and Depressing'

Trump G7 Tweets 'Sobering and Depressing'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe needs to step up to play a more assertive role in global affairs as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles the post-World War II order, setting the stage for a potential tense standoff at the Group of Seven summit this week.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel created a storm on the internet when she shared a picture from the G-7 Summit held in Canada on her official Instagram account on Saturday.

Tensions between the U.S. and the European Union saw the G7 summit end in chaos after Mr Trump refused to sign the joint statement of world leaders. Trump spent the days leading up to the meeting tweeting complaints about the summit's "indignant" host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron, arguing that both leaders refused to budge on their trade positions.

Nearly 18 months into Trump's presidency, Merkel's comments offered renewed evidence of Germany's struggle to adapt to an upended relationship with the US.

The image, which drew comparisons to a Baroque painting, shows Merkel standing at the centre of the frame leaning across a table before a seated Trump, his arms crossed in defiance.

"We as Europe have to stand up for our principles, potentially together with Japan and Canada", Merkel said.

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"The other leaders presented their numbers and Trump presented his". Trump said the tariffs are necessary for national security. That picture was, we were waiting for the document.

Those words, spoken at a beer-tent election rally, were a reaction to Trump hectoring European leaders for not spending enough on defense at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels. We have a very big trade deficit with Canada.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday warned both Trump and the European Union of the dangers of entering a tit-for-tat trade war over tariffs, urging both sides to instead focus on China's excess steel production.

Before his departure to the Canadian summit on Friday, Trump told reporters that it would be right to revive the G8 format (G7 nations plus Russia), suspended in 2014.

She added that Berlin would continue its dialogue with the United States despite difficulties.

In an effort to quell fears that Italy's new coalition government of Eurosceptic populists will demand an end to the EU's sanctions against Russia, Merkel said she expected Rome to fall into line with the rest of the Member States and vote in favour of an extension of Brussels' existing restrictions against Moscow.


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