U.S. President Donald Trump countered a slew of trade numbers from U.S. allies with his own, different data, holding firm to his position that the United States was at a disadvantage, an official at a G7 summit said on Friday as consensus eluded the group's leaders. 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.
The British leader echoed disappointment from other leaders that President Donald Trump first agreed to a communique for "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" and the reduction of "tariff barriers", but later tweeted he wouldn't endorse the deal.
Merkel described the joint communiqué Trump refused to sign, despite America's co-authorship, as "arduously negotiated".
The photo, posted on the official Instagram account of German chancellor Angela Merkel with the title: "Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions", spread like wildfire all across social media platforms with some likening it to The Apprentice while others to a Renaissance painting. "And they understand it's going to happen", Trump said.
"This has solidified my belief that we, Europeans, should decide our fate by ourselves", the German leader said, calling on EU to be more active in defending its values and principles.
"I don't want us to keep inflating our language", she added, saying the word "depressed" was "already a lot, coming from me", in an ironic reference to her usual unflappable appearance.
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Trump has already announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Europe, which will impact major exporter Germany and he intends to hit another key sector for the German economy-auto exports.
Trans-Atlantic and other trade wars would have "a long-term impact on the global economy", he said at a Berlin meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of the IMF, World Bank and other worldwide institutions.
Adam Scotti, photographer to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, captured images of Trudeau standing above the group as well as a moment where he is gesturing to Trump, who appears actively listening.
Amid the ongoing trade dispute with the US, Merkel called on European countries to remain united and to continue their efforts to prevent an escalation. Trump focused his conversation with Macron on German trade for about 15 minutes in the one-hour meeting.
May thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for organizing the summit.