Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

Trump, who attended the day one of the summit pitched the idea of discarding all tariffs and trade barriers between the U.S. and its G-7 allies.

Trump seems to be the center of the party, Trudeau stands tall in the crowd, Emmanuel Macron commands attention all in separate moments captured by photographers. Earlier in the day, Canadian President Justin Trudeau said that they would move forward with "retaliatory measures". Looking ahead to the next major diplomatic encounter with Trump - a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance leaders in July - "it won't be easy", Merkel said.

Despite Trump's withdrawal and decision to double down on restricting foreign goods entering the United States market, Merkel insisted that she would continue to hold talks and work together with the president. From left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and Trump. Trump himself looks like a comically petulant child, and John Bolton, the National Security Advisor, appears to be nervous, staunchly standing by the president. Trump reportedly called NAFTA the "worst deal ever" and told the leaders, face-to-face, what he believes each country "owed" the United States. In his turn, Trump announced that the U.S. would be looking to impose tariffs on vehicle imports.

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"If we get there, it will be a real gamechanger", Le Maire said of the tax plan. Highlighting that the document is still "legally-binding" as far as Germany is concerned, Merkel said she would uphold it but her patience after Trump's about-face had worn thin.

Trudeau's office cast doubt over the genuineness of Trump's offense at the prime minister's remarks, pointing out that Trudeau's messages simply reiterated his position before the summit, that he will oppose attempts to bully Canada on trade.

Trump revoked his administration's support for the G-7 communique after Trudeau's news conference.

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The US leader has blasted Europeans, Germany above all, for failing to spend enough on their own defence, claiming they are taking advantage of US military power. "International cooperation cannot depend on anger or small words".

The photo was also posted on Twitter by Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, who stated that the U.S. president's posture sent a message to other G7 countries that the United States will no longer be their bank.

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