Chancellor Angela Merkel: Trump's rejection of G7 communique 'sobering' and 'depressing'

Postado Junho 12, 2018

Merkel praised the G7 joint statement as a "laboriously negotiated" document and insisted that "I don't think that inflammatory language makes things better", according to a translation of the show provided by RT.

Trade was a massive issue at this year's summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump butting heads. She also praised Trudeau by saying that she is glad that he is "on the EU's side." . In an echo of Cold War meetings on neutral ground, Austria is encouraging the U.S. to hold a summit in Vienna, a White House official said last week. She also doubted if the United States leader still has what she called "the spirit of G7".

With an eye to the trade dispute, she added: "We won't be bamboozled - we will take action". She described the experience as "sobering", after Trump dashed what had been an "arduously negotiated" declaration.

At the same time, she stressed that the current differences does not mean the end of the trans-Atlantic partnership.

Merkel said she expected Italy's new coalition government to vote for the extension of European sanctions against Russian Federation.

Merkel's March 2017 visit to the White House was marked by Trump either not hearing or ignoring her offer to shake hands in the Oval Office. Instead, she said that she would still try to achieve compromises through dialogue and "go her own way" if the dialogue brings no results.

"You can destroy an incredible amount of trust very quickly in a tweet", he said.

Trump called Trudeau "dishonest and weak" and hinted at additional tariffs on Canadian goods.

The US president came under fire at the contentious G7 summit of leading economic powers for his "America First" protectionist drive.

Germany, Europe's top economy, finds itself in the sights of the U.S. president due to its large trade surplus and defence spending criticised as too low by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. In late May, Washington slapped its allies with import tariffs on steel and aluminum after it failed to win concessions from its trading partners. The EU has already said it will announce countermeasures against Trump's metals tariffs on July 1.

At the summit, of which the build-up to had been dominated by Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, the world leaders had agreed a statement that read: "We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".