This Pic Of Merkel, Trump From G7 Summit Launched A Thousand Memes

11 June, 2018, 15:37 | Author: Bert Pena
  • U.S. allies at the 2017 G-7 summit in Sicily this year’s meeting could be more awkward

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on us companies.

In her first takeaway from the contentious meeting, Merkel expressed consternation about the US president's backtracking on the summit's final statement, while emphasizing that she'll keep talking with Trump.

Though other leaders had their own images of the meeting tweeted out, Denzel's photograph - which shows Merkel standing dominantly over a petulant-looking Trump - became the most enduring after it caught the imagination of the web.

In the communique after the summit in La Malbaie, Quebec province, the group of major industrial nations - Canada, the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany - had agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

When Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Merkel to push back against the USA president's protectionist policies.

Trudeau at a press conference in Quebec as the G-7 meeting ended said he had highlighted in the session that "Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed retaliatory action next month over USA tariffs on steel and aluminium. He said that Canada has to stand up for itself.

"He didn't attack [President Trump] in any way, other than restate Canada would retaliate for tariffs". Trudeau pulled a "sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption" that amounted to "a betrayal", said Kudlow, who appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he would welcome his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the next G7 summit to be held in France next year, but only if Russia delivered on its Minsk agreement commitments.

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words", France's Élysée Palace said in a statement.

During his Saturday news conference, the prime minister was relatively measured but repeated his position that Canada "will not be pushed around" and would respond to United States tariffs with tariffs of its own.

However, despite Trump's heated rhetoric, the USA ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has expressed confidence that the trade conflict can be settled, but said it would take some time. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: "In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters". Trudeau stuck our president in the back. "It started out as a good summit because we were actually talking to each other, instead of past each other", said Mr Peter Beyer, the German government's coordinator on trans-Atlantic relations.

The EU then announced retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon.

Asked about the president's Twitter blasts, Trudeau says June 7 that he won't sink to that level - "I've been firm, I've been clear, but I don't think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world".

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