One photo says it all at 'G6+1' summit

One photo says it all at 'G6+1' summit

One photo says it all at 'G6+1' summit

Europe will implement counter-measures against us tariffs on steel and aluminium, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw support for a Group of Seven communique.

Angela Merkel's press team quickly tweeted out the incredible image showing the German, surrounded by her allies, cowering over a scowling and seated Donald Trump, which instantly went viral.

Later on Saturday, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all seven nations had signed a joint communique at the end of the summit, Trump angrily lashed out on Twitter, stating the US would not endorse the statement.

"We finished the meeting, really, everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Trump told reporters at a news conference following his summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Guy Verhofstaft, the European Union parliament's representative in Brexit negotiations and former prime minister of Belgium, shared a photo of Merkel staring down President Trump during a meeting at the G7 summit.

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 US election, including the former business partner (and suspected Russian spy) of Paul Manafort, Trump's one-time campaign manager.

She further said that the USA tariffs were "illegal and unjustified" and Canada did not believe in using "ad hominem attacks".

Kim Jong-un impersonator detained at Singapore airport
The road to the summit has been bumpy, with Trump pulling out of the summit last month after aggressive language from Hermit Kingdom.

Trump later reacted to the photo, saying it was captured during a discussion that was "unrelated to anything".

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

US trading partners are furious over Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

Expectations for a breakthrough at the summit, however, are low, with USA allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues. The EU also won't be "taken for a ride" in its trade conflict with the U.S., she said.

She said Trump's move underlined the need for greater cooperation within the European Union. In his turn, Trump announced that the U.S. would be looking to impose tariffs on vehicle imports.

Angela Merkel described Mr. Trump's actions at the G-7 as "depressing" to German news.

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