‘Depressing’: Merkel slams Trump’s ‘withdrawal in tweet’ following G7 summit fallout

Jun 12, 2018, 02:19
‘Depressing’: Merkel slams Trump’s ‘withdrawal in tweet’ following G7 summit fallout

The final document of the G7 summit in Canada's Quebec can be signed without the participation of US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron says.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she finds President Donald Trump's tweet disavowing a common statement after the Group of Seven summit in Canada "sobering" and "a little depressing".

He's also threatened to tear up the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Trump is unlikely to back away from the nationalistic policies that have frustrated and unnerved allies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal voters.

The president said the US was "pretty close" to reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and had discussed two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

Those tensions boiled over during the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the group of industrialized nations' communique. Europe must take its take its fate into its own hands and no longer "imprudently" follow the US, Merkel said.

He made the comment at the White House yesterday after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against long-time allies over United States trade practices. The G7 countries (Canada, the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan and Germany) had invited Russian Federation to their 1998 meeting but disinvited it in 2014 as Russian Federation "temporarily occupied" the Crimean Peninsula.

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Chancellor Merkel to criticize Trump's handling of the matter.

Although Trump said the tariffs are necessary to protect U.S. industry and workers, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal and are preparing retaliation, raising the prospect of a tit-for-tit escalation.

"We as Europe have to stand up for our principles, potentially together with Japan and Canada", Merkel said.

That wrestling cry would have been an apt announcement at the G-7 summit, what with the U.S. and other heads of state at each other's throats using the thrust and parry of rude remarks and social media to pummel each other. Kudlow was vague on whether the summit will produce a joint decision or a clear outcome on trade or other issues, saying "let them meet first". She also said the USA president wasn't entirely wrong in pressing Germany to increase defence spending.

The increasingly critical tone from allies is a shift after leaders spent the past year and a half seeking to woo and cajole the American president.

While the G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an global agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Closer home, Indian Twitter users spotted an opportunity to make the photo more relatable by editing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Trump's place, asking when they would receive the Rs 15 lakhs Bharatiya Janata Party leaders promised each Indian would receive if they were voted into power in 2014.

The other six nations are pushing for the G-7 to affirm "collective trade rules" in the communique, the French official said.

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