G7 Summit Participants Managed to Find 'Common Ground' Despite Debates - UK PM

G7 Summit Participants Managed to Find 'Common Ground' Despite Debates - UK PM

G7 Summit Participants Managed to Find 'Common Ground' Despite Debates - UK PM

Just like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against us tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, Merkel said.

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump left the summit early to attend a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and tweeted on Saturday that he had asked US representatives not to endorse the final communique because of the disagreements on trade. This year's summit had a particular focus on trade. In the photo, Macron is looking directly at the president and gesturing.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared his own stare-down directed at Trump.

As well as Merkel glancing at Trump when he arrived late to the summit's gender equality breakfast.

"We must stop this escalation of tensions, the tit-for-tat process is not going to be helpful. new sectors will be brought into the picture, which is something that will harm everyone", he said. Shortly after that statement was published online, Trump complained about comments made by Trudeau and revoked his support.

Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7

The bid to gloss over the divide might see the reputation of the G-7 salvaged instead of becoming an unprecedented casualty of USA tariffs, disagreements over climate change and the future of the Iran deal.

On Russia's possible return to the G7, Merkel said she could imagine it in the future but that the conditions had to be right for that. Trump cited unfair trade and tariffs from Canada, a longtime U.S. ally, as one of the reasons he refused to back the joint statement.

The picture is a key moment in a two-day meeting that has gone viral. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

Senior Trump aides escalated the rhetoric on Sunday morning's news shows, with chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow calling Trudeau's remarks "a betrayal" on CNN's "State of the Union" and top trade adviser Peter Navarro saying on "Fox News Sunday" that "there's a special place in hell" for the Canadian leader. He has directed US officials "not to endorse" the G-7 joint statement, and personally insulted Trudeau in a series of Twitter posts.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", Macron said in a statement.

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