Internet is having a field day over this viral G7 picture

Sergio Conner
June 13, 2018

"It's hard, it's depressing this time, but that's not the end" of the Group of Seven, she said in a rare one-on-one interview with ARD public television.

Trump cited unfair trade and tariffs from Canada, a longtime United States ally, as one of the reasons he refused to back the joint statement.

Officials from Justin Trudeau's team also shared an image of the Canadian PM and summit host leader being presented with work by Prime Minister Theresa May, Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel, while an uninterested Mr Trump stares into space.

Asked about Trump's tweets and the future of the G7 Trudeau refused to respond directly but later issued his own tweet saying "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".

"For today, I think it's much more important to convince our American partners to strengthen our format as guarantor of world order, than to look for something new, more challenging, more hard", EU President Donald Tusk said Friday.

Merkel, in the picture can be seen, staring down at US President Donald Trump while standing behind a table with both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents.

"The situation isn't very nice", Merkel said.

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Trump also incorrectly claimed that the photo was released by the USA team.

Friday's trade session, where G7 allies planned to confront the USA president over trade tariffs, had "some emotions" but was civilized and diplomatic, said the official who followed the talks.

"There remain good reasons to fight for the transatlantic partnership", she said, adding that the current round of trade tariffs that the U.S. and European Union have imposed on each other did not signal the end of a partnership.

Europe will not let Trump do "whatever he pleases", the German chancellor said, adding that "we will not allow ourselves to be deceived again and again". Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, accused Trudeau of undermining US interests at the summit, calling Trudeau's actions "a betrayal".

Those words, spoken at a beer-tent election rally, were a reaction to Trump hectoring European leaders for not spending enough on defense at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels.

The details of the conversation, which Axios previously reported, come amid fears of a looming trade war over the Trump administration's move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. 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".

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose office for the first time in the history of the republic has reportedly ordered an overhaul of Germany's U.S. policy, went further.

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