Chancellor Angela Merkel: Trump's rejection of G7 communique 'sobering' and 'depressing'

French President Emmanuel Macron

Chancellor Angela Merkel: Trump's rejection of G7 communique 'sobering' and 'depressing'

The crucial G7 Summit, hosted in Canada's Quebec this year, ended in a disarray after US President Donald Trump, enraged over the press conference given by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, refused to endorse the summit's joint communiqué on Saturday.

As the heads of the top industrialised democracies embarked on a two-day G-7 summit in rural Quebec, European leaders warned that Trump's stance on trade, climate, Iran and - now - Russian Federation was setting him apart.

The summit is expected to focus on trade relations amid the ongoing dispute over President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

Trump also lashed out at long-time allies over their criticism of his trade policies.

Trump left the meeting between the world's leading industrialized countries with a warning to US allies, saying that if they don't remove trade barriers with the USA then they will face consequences. "We have little tests every once in a while when it comes to trade", Trump said, expressing optimism without details that "something is going to happen" on that front. The member countries are: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and the Britain.

Also seen in the picture are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with his arms crossed and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton among others. "The President made it clear today".

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There were also no more references to Trump's off-the-cuff remark about the need to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the fold of the global community. The consensus documents typically outline a shared vision of global affairs, where the seven countries also undertake commitments on everything from currencies, development aid and worldwide security.

Yet Trump was willing to do this favor for Xi Jinping, in a case where tariffs were fully justified, when he wouldn't listen to Macron or Trudeau.

The remark seemed destined to only escalate the existing tensions between Trump and the six other leaders gathered at a golf resort here. "I think the bilateral meeting that's scheduled between the two is a really good thing and I think they'll walk through a lot of these issues".

This Trumped-up trade war is symptomatic of the president's cavalier attitude toward countries that share America's democratic values. It's not only that he rejects efforts to curb climate change and abandoned the Iran nuclear deal, despite intense efforts by European leaders to work out a tougher joint approach toward Tehran. The European Union in response to this chose to act in three directions: to contact the World Trade Organization, impose duties on the import of a number of consumer goods from the United States, and, with a certain degree of probability, introduce protectionist measures in the "steel" market.

"The other countries of the G-6 are a larger market than the American market", Macron said.

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