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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Donald Trump Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron gather for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Donald Trump Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron gather for the
Charlie Simmons | 11 June, 2018, 15:33

Trump followed Monday with another tweet saying, "Fair Trade is no to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal", and that Trudeau "acts hurt when called out".

I left before the end of the summit to embark on a marathon journey from Canada to Singapore. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change.

Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership. He also said he would not be endorsing the communique which agreed the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", stressed the importance of fighting protectionism and demanded Moscow cease its destabilising behaviour.

The US president, who is in Singapore for a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, tweeted on Monday that America was paying disproportionately more towards the costs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) than fellow members.

He said USA farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms: "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them".

After President Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imported from the E.U., Merkel warned the E.U. would be following Canada's lead, moving forward with countermeasures against the U.S.

After Trump's angry tweets, Trudeau's office issued a brief response: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".

He was reacting to Trudeau's declaration that Canadians would "not be pushed around" and would hit back at punishing U.S. tariffs on metal imports with "equivalent tariffs".

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"We need Russian Federation for disarmament talks" and for discussions about both Ukraine and Syria, Merkel said. The G7's power equation, it seems, lies in the angle of the beholder.

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

French President Emmanuel Macron's office reacted Sunday by saying that "international cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". "Let's be serious", the French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added. "We make commitments and keep to them".

The latter comment prompted European Council President Donald Tusk to quip "there is a special place in heaven" for Trudeau for his organization of the G7.

Trump's team kept up the barrage of criticism on USA media Sunday. -Canada border. He said unleashing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests". "That's what matters", Trudeau said.

"We have done just that at this summit, registering our deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the U.S. to apply tariffs to European Union steel and aluminium imports". Mexico, Canada, China and others have treated them unfairly.

The photo, unsurprisingly, took off on social media, spawning memes and amusing caption contests.

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