Donald Trump G7 tweets ‘sobering and depressing’: Angela Merkel

Erika Holt
June 13, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the decision by President Donald Trump and the USA delegation to abstain from the G7 summit's statement "sobering and somewhat depressing".

As per a Deutsche Welle report, Merkel, in her first interview after the summit, called Trump's statement as "a little depressing" and termed the G7 communique as an "arduously negotiated" one.

It was a G7 summit that confirmed a major rift between the United States and its traditional allies, with one photo seemingly summing up the tensions. The summit did not mark the end of the Trans-Atlantic partnership between Europe and the US, Merkel said, but repeated her opinion that Europe could "no longer rely on its once close ally as a rational partner" under the Trump administration and "should take its fate into its own hands". Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands next to Trump, also with folded arms, as French President Emmanuel Macron leans in next to Merkel.

Russia has not released its hold on Crimea and has not been willing to negotiate on the Minsk Protocol agreement, which would ease the Russian occupation of the region; most recently, 14 Russian nationals were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering with the 2016 USA election, including the former business partner (and suspected Russian spy) of Paul Manafort, Trump's one-time campaign manager. In the United States version, we see Mr Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a sceptical, nearly sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a joint news conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, May 24, 2018.

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In recent weeks, trading partners of the U.S. have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.

Merkel also commented on the statement of the US President, informs Bloomberg.

Trump, who is in Singapore for negotiations with North Korea, continued to rip into USA trading partners late Sunday night Eastern Time, repeating complaints about the USA trade deficit and contributions to NATO. But it won't solve the differences, particularly on trade, with the European Union moving toward retaliatory tariffs from July on key USA goods.

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.

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