Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

Five official photos. Five opposing stories.

Merkel said the G7 leaders had agreed to review their trade ties and assess the scope of existing tariffs in order to avoid further trade barriers. Trump said of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Looking focused or exasperated depending on the viewer's interpretation, Merkel is flanked by British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, their faces largely obscured.

American National Security Advisor John Bolton, however, offered a different interpretation of the photograph.

"#G7Charlevoix, second day: A new step has been taken". Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Canadian official told national broadcaster CBC that not only had Trudeau made these remarks prior to the meeting, on USA television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air. BuzzFeed's source called Trump "a whirlpool" and "out of control". 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.

Trouble for Trump began before he arrived in Canada. In an echo of Cold War meetings on neutral ground, Austria is encouraging the United States to hold a summit in Vienna, a White House official said last week.

"I can imagine Russia's return. Maybe we can help", in a reference to alleged collusion between Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and the Trump team to influence the 2016 USA presidential election. "We were talking while we were waiting for the final copy of the document".

"Europe must take its fate into his own hands and no longer imprudently follow the US", Merkel said.


Seven world leaders met Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec for what is known as the G7 summit. Trump reportedly missed Trudeau's opening remarks.

The G-7 summit was coming down to the wire.

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.

"Canada does have a very big advantage over us". "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", said Trudeau.

A German official said that if Trump declines to sign a communique, it won't be the end of the G-7, but it would be a worrisome signal. He has directed US officials "not to endorse" the G-7 joint statement, and personally insulted Trudeau in a series of Twitter posts. Shortly afterward, the White House issued a separate photo showing a sitting Trump speaking as Merkel, Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listen. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

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

Trump's late arrival also highlighted his early departure.

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