Merkel Allies Call for Unity After Trump's G-7 'Affront'

Merkel Allies Call for Unity After Trump's G-7 'Affront'

Merkel Allies Call for Unity After Trump's G-7 'Affront'

A photo released on Twitter by the German government's spokesman Steffen Seibert on June 9, 2018, and taken by the German government's photographer Jesco Denzel, shows US President Donald Trump (right) talking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) and surrounded by other G7 leaders during a meeting of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump left the summit early en route for Singapore to attend a historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong un, which will be held on June 12.

"There remain good reasons to fight for the transatlantic partnership", she said, adding that the current round of trade tariffs that the U.S. and European Union have imposed on each other did not signal the end of a partnership.

"Reneging in a tweet is sobering and a bit depressing", Merkel said in the interview with broadcaster ARD late Sunday.

Trump has pointed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of him as a reason for withdrawing from the consensus statement.

"We reiterate our condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and reaffirm our enduring support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders", the G7 statement said.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement to AFP.

At the summit, of which the build-up to had been dominated by Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, the world leaders had agreed a statement that read: "We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

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In her first takeaway from the contentious meeting, Merkel expressed consternation about the USA president's backtracking on the summit's final statement, while emphasizing that she'll keep talking with Trump. "I don't think that ratcheting up the rhetoric is going to improve things".

President Trump departed the summit early, skipping out on a meeting to discuss climate change. Obama can say all he wants but he allowed Russian Federation to take crimea.

Trump's recent moves, building on 18 months of nationalist policy-making, leave him out of step with the globally minded organization and prompted speculation that the group could fracture into something more like the "G-6 plus one".

In response, the European Union is preparing new tariffs set to hit U.S. exports ranging from jeans to bourbon whiskey. Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

Alluding to the tensions as he sat with Macron on Friday, Trump said: "We've had, really, a very good relationship, very special". For the Continent to succeed in becoming less dependent on the U.S., European countries would have to become "more loyal" to the EU, which had to develop "its own strategic culture".

Despite the photo's lionization of Ms. Merkel, it was Mr. Trudeau who would soon feel Mr. Trump's erratic wrath.

"I will blame them if they don't act smart and do what they have to do because they have no choice", he said.

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