G7 row: Emmanuel Macron attacks Donald Trump's 'fits of anger'

Trump told Macron EU worse than China on trade

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

The image was published on the German chancellor's Instagram account and features Angela Merkel looking stern and businesslike, leaning over a seated Donald Trump with other world leaders assembled around her.

One viral photo is telling it all about tensions at the G7 summit.

"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. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands next to Trump, also with folded arms, as French President Emmanuel Macron leans in next to Merkel. "According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

Expectations for a breakthrough at the summit, however, are low, with US allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues.

As known earlier, Donald trump expressed the view that Russian Federation must once again complete the "Big seven" until the G8.

Others, however, insisted that Trump looks like he's in control of the situation in the photo. But Trudeau had simply reiterated points he'd made before: that Canada planned dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs in response to Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

As befits his role as annual chairman of the G-7, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's picture is taken from the side, impartially showing Mr Trump dealing with his counterparts as equals. She said that she still believes Trump shares the principled stance of the G7 on "many issues".

The US and its allies have been locked in a bitter dispute of trade tariffs and perceived trade "inequality" for quite some time.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose office for the first time in the history of the republic has reportedly ordered an overhaul of Germany's United States policy, went further.

When asked if she was concerned that Trump could retaliate against EU counter-measures by imposing tariffs on European-made and designed cars, Merkel added, "First of all, we'll try and see if we can prevent this..."

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