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

14 June 2018

"I know it didn't look friendly", Mr. Trump said at a press conference in Singapore.

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Merkel to criticize the US president's handling of the matter.

The German leader also reiterated that said she is not ready to "give up on G7" but at the same time would seek dialogue with Russian Federation and try to "work very closely" with Japan, Canada, India and China.

"Instead it is important to act on time".

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

Merkel has said it would be illegal for Germany to take such a unilateral step and it would damage attempts to shape a comprehensive European Union migration policy.

Europe will implement counter-measures against USA tariffs on steel and aluminium just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw support for a G7 communique.

Mr Seehofer, who received a phone call from his Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini, said the new government in Rome is interested in building a partnership focused on security, counterterrorism and migration.

Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S.to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imports.

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"Canada does have a very big advantage over us".

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Chancellor Merkel to criticize Trump's handling of the matter. Mr Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" in a tweet after Mr Trudeau repeated criticisms of U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminium and Mr Trump's trade policies in a news conference following the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec.

Guy Verhofstaft, the European Union parliament's representative in Brexit negotiations and former prime minister of Belgium, shared a photo of Merkel staring down President Trump during a meeting at the G7 summit.

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's office announced in a statement, according to Reuters.

"It means that we as Europe have to stand up for our principles, potentially together with Japan and Canada", Merkel said of Trump pushing away the other members of the G7.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

He said: "I can not be part of an integration summit where there is one participant who in an article compared my strategy on homeland to the homeland understanding of the Nazis".

"We spend two days working out a [joint] statement and commitments".

"Of course they must be turned back at the border", he said.

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