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

Pauline Gross
June 12, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a photo on her official Instagram account Saturday from the Group of Seven (G-7) summit, surrounded by other world leaders... and in mid-stare-down with President Trump.

There was much speculation at the G7 summit about whether the leaders would be able to agree on enough to issue a joint communiqué, given serious differences over trade and climate change policies.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", he said.

Echoing Merkel's sentiments, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that "international cooperation can not depend on fits of anger and a few words", according to a statement published by French public broadcaster RFI. "But I think we are making progress toward reaching a Franco-German agreement on the roadmap for euro zone's future", Le Maire told a conference in Paris.

Nearly 18 months into Trump's presidency, Merkel's comments offered renewed evidence of Germany's struggle to adapt to an upended relationship with the US.

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Trump was especially "strong" towards Trudeau, ranting about agriculture, and Merkel.

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. "It's hard, it was disappointing this time, but it's not over". "Sometimes I get the impression that the US president believes that only one side wins and the other loses". "We will act too", Merkel said.

In the same interview, Merkel said the European Union was preparing to implement counter-measures against US tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

On Saturday, Trump reiterated his belief that the being taken advantage of by its trading partners and vowed to put a stop to it. 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. But she repeated that Europe could no longer rely on its ally and should take its fate into its own hands. It also says the countries will work to promote low or no tariffs in order to promote trade between them.

At the same time, she suggested that US-European ties will outlast Trump. "So we need to increase our defence budget".

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