Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

Just when it seemed like the Group of Seven summit had come to a surprisingly uneventful end, President Donald Trump stepped in with two tweets that blew up the whole thing.

Other world leaders shared different angles of the photograph.

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.

But the criticism left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped.

On Sunday, Trudeau the younger demurred even more, choosing instead to send out messages of his own about democracy, women's empowerment and the environment.

"Our position has not changed (on Russia)", said Adam Austen, spokesman for Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.

Minutes after the publication of a joint communique that was approved by Trump and other Group of Seven leaders at a summit in the city of Quebec, the USA leader announced on Twitter that he was retracting his support.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that G7 leaders had agreed on the wording of a common statement at their ongoing summit which would include a commitment to a "rules-based" trade framework.

Later on Saturday, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all seven nations had signed a joint communique at the end of the summit, Trump angrily lashed out on Twitter, stating the US would not endorse the statement.

Trump's closest advisers added to the attack during televised interviews on Sunday.

President Trump took issue with Trudeau's remarks on trade between the US and Canada, in which the prime minister warned his government would take retaliatory measures if new tariffs were introduced.

But, after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump struck a more affable tone and said the French leader was helping work out trade issues.

"It is a historic negotiation and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong", Kudkow said on CBS' Face the Nation.

Kudlow accused Trudeau of "pouring collateral damage on this whole Korean trip". And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace? Trudeau made an error.

"If they retaliate, they're making a tremendous mistake, because you see we have a tremendous trade imbalance", the President warned.

"If the expectation was that a weekend in lovely Charlevoix....was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite reach that bar", Trudeau said. "That's what matters", wrote Trudeau. He will miss the climate session of the G7 summit.

Freeland responded gently to the insults by Trump's advisers.

He described Trudeau's actions after the G7 summit as a "sophomoric play".

"We urge Russian Federation to cease its destabilising behaviour, to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime", said a joint statement issued at the end of a summit in Canada. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7". Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy! John McCain and ex-FBI director James Comey - who Trump unceremoniously fired previous year - took to Twitter to offer their support. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference". West needs Russia's participation in solving global and regional crises, but can not let Moscow join the G7 group of nations without progress in the Minsk process on Ukrainian reconciliation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an ARD TV broadcast on Sunday. The president publicly insulted him, calling him, "very weak and dishonest". Kudlow said Trump won't let people "take pot shots at him" and that Trudeau "should've known better". "Canada, thank you for the flawless organization of G7!"

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