Merkel-Trump G7 face-off photo headed for history books

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks towards US President Donald Trump, who arrived late for the Gender Equality Advisory Council working breakfast on the second day of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. We have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal.

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", she said, referring to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

He said USA farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms: "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them". "And then hope that the European Union will respond again in the same unity".

Despite the president describing his relationship with the other leaders as "a 10", conversations between the world's largest industrialized countries were thought to be intense as the allies faced off with Trump over tariffs his administration has imposed on them.

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. The president, en route to Singapore, lashed out at the Canadian leader via Twitter, stating that the US will not endorse the communique.

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The EU also won't be "taken for a ride" in its trade conflict with the United States, she said.

She also spoke about Trump's suggestion to re-admit Russian Federation to the group.

Russian Federation was expelled following Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, which Mr Trump characterised as "something happened a while ago".

Merkel's comment was one of two nods to Trump during her hourlong ARD interview after her return from the G-7. This year, quite a bit happened like US President Donald Trump asking for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the summit although Merkel was having none of it. Russian Federation was kicked out in 2014 because of its occupation of Crimea. "Maybe we can help", in a tart reference to alleged collusion between Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and the Trump team to influence the USA presidential election.

The photo shows Merkel staring down at Trump, who is sitting with his hands folded, while she is standing behind the table with both her hands firmly placed on its surfaces.

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