United States steel-aluminium tariffs result in European Union counter-measures

Trump G7 tweets'sobering and depressing: Merkel

Trump G7 tweets'sobering and depressing: Merkel

In the United States version, we see Mr Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a sceptical, nearly sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.

European leaders met ahead of the formal kickoff of the G7 summit where Merkel proposed a so-called "shared evaluation mechanism" on USA trade, which was enthusiastically backed by French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, according to a French official who briefed reporters on the meeting.

The official described Merkel's suggestion as a "shared assessment and dialogue" mechanism, but gave no further details.

Merkel captioned the picture: "Day two of the G-7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions".

President Trump left the meeting half-way, warning the G7 nations that if they don't remove trade barriers with the USA, they will face consequences.

"It's highly unlikely there will be a final communique", a G7 official said on condition of anonymity.

Even so, dialogue with the USA president must continue and global partnerships aren't over, she said. The EU is also attending the summit.

The chancellor also announced during Sunday's interview that, just like Canada, the European Union was also preparing counter-measures to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

Trump set the tone before leaving Washington on Friday.

Germany, Europe's top economy, finds itself in the sights of the United States president due to its large trade surplus and defence spending criticised as too low by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. She further said that the U.S. tariffs were "illegal and unjustified" and Canada did not believe in using "ad hominem attacks". We have to change it.

Asked about Trump's threat to target U.S. tariffs against cars - a vital industry for Germany which supports over 800,000 jobs - "we will have to think again about what we'll do", Merkel said. The leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter ahead of the summit. As per a Deutsche Welle report, Merkel, in her first interview after the summit, called Trump's statement as "a little depressing" and termed the G7 communiqué as an "arduously negotiated" one.

During a rare solo news conference earlier Saturday, Trump said he pressed for the G7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. "Ask this great lady". National Security Adviser John Bolton and other aides also look on what appears to be a tense moment.

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

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