Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Merkel disappointed by Trump’s u-turn on G7 statement

Merkel-Trump G7 face-off photo headed for history books Merkel disappointed by Trump’s u-turn on G7 statement
Jeannette Daniel | 12 June, 2018, 00:35

The European Union must develop "a joint strategic culture", she said, "otherwise Europe will be ground up in a world with very strong poles" of power elsewhere. 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.

The EU also won't be "taken for a ride" in its trade conflict with the USA, she said. Russian Federation was booted after its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Touching the thorny issue of Germany's relatively low defence spending, Merkel acknowledged that Trump's criticism was partly correct and that Berlin had to do more to reach NATO's goal of spending to 2 percent of economic output on defence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't invited to the G-7 summit in Canada, although US President Donald Trump suggested he be readmitted.

Europe will implement counter-measures against US tariffs on steel and aluminium just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw support for a G7 communique. "Instead, we act then too".

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's take was released with a wider frame, making sure the host, absent from most other images, was visible.

Meanwhile, Trump's off to Singapore to meet up with North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un who landed in the country earlier today.

National Security Adviser John Bolton and other aides also look on what appears to be a tense moment.

The G7 nations are Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's office announced in a statement, according to Reuters. Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Canadian official told national broadcaster CBC that not only had Trudeau made these remarks prior to the meeting, on US television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air. In the photo, Macron is looking directly at the president and gesturing. "And anyone who leaves and turns their back on them shows their inconsistency", the palace said. "Canada has objected in words, but will also do so in actions", she said, referencing the retaliatory measures Canada will impose next month.

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