Donald Trump's G7 Tweets Were Depressing, Says Angela Merkel

Leroy Wright
June 11, 2018

Trump twice raised the possibility in the past few days of Russian Federation being brought back into the Group of Eight bloc, which shrunk to the Group of Seven - the USA, U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan - after it was expelled following the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

The G7 summit in Canada has ended in the escalation of a row over trade with US President Donald Trump withdrawing support for a communique, citing "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

President Trump left the meeting half-way, warning the G7 nations that if they don't remove trade barriers with the US, they will face consequences.

Top EU official, Donald Tusk, no doubt harried after Trump's belligerence at the meet - during which the US President also refused to sign a joint communique with the G7 members - wasn't going to take this lying down.

The prime minister also said Canada would "move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that Americans have unjustly applied to us".

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade", he added in response to the threat of new tariffs against the US.

Macron said the message of other G7 leaders to Trump on the Iran deal should be: "You're not comfortable with an agreement signed by your predecessor, maybe just because it was signed by your predecessor, but don't stop others from respecting it and don't push Iran to leave, because today it's the best protection we have".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have expected a lot to happen during the G-7 summit last weekend, but being condemned to an after-life in both hell and heaven probably wasn't on the list.

The comment echoed that of Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who on Friday said in a statement that Putin "chose to make Russian Federation unworthy of membership in the G8 by invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea".

"There remain good reasons to fight for the transatlantic partnership", she said, adding that the current round of trade tariffs that the USA and European Union have imposed on each other did not signal the end of a partnership.

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Trump also reportedly didn't put on his headphones for translation when French President Emmanuel Macron spoke during the session.

Navarro said Trump "did the courtesy to Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

"I don't want us to keep inflating our language", she added, saying the word "depressed" was "already a lot, coming from me", in an ironic reference to her usual unflappable appearance. Moving onto tariffs, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced Trump's plan to slap hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on key USA trading partners.

Merkel said she first found out about Trump's decision on the flight back from Canada.

Trump has repeatedly complained about Canadian tariffs on imported dairy products - and hell or heaven aside, the truth is that neither the United States nor Europe nor Canada are exactly angels when it comes to their trade policies. Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP.

Shibaike said there was little the Japanese prime minister could have done except "take a back seat on the trade issue while seeking reassurance that the United States and Japan are on the same page regarding North Korea".

He said of his decision to impose new tariffs, "I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing.

And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said in a Fox News interview Sunday. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7", Kudlow said.

With the summit ending in a war of words, Abe's attempt to defuse the conflict over US trade policy during the meeting apparently had little effect on Trump after all.

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