G7 leaders defend summit after Trump disowns free trade communique

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G7 leaders defend summit after Trump disowns free trade communique

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the decision by President Donald Trump and the United States delegation to abstain from the G7 summit's statement "sobering and somewhat depressing".

A war of words has erupted between the U.S. and its G7 allies, hours after the group had put on an apparent show of unity at the end of a tense summit.

After leaving the summit Saturday, Trump announced that the USA was pulling back its endorsement of the G7 communique in part because of what he called "false statements" at a news conference by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In the photo, Merkel, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are standing around a table where Trump was seated with his arms folded.

"You can destroy an incredible amount of trust very quickly in a tweet", he said.

Trump later reacted to the photo, saying it was captured during a discussion that was "unrelated to anything".

"We discussed all outstanding issues and made substantial progress, exchanging papers and talking throughout the night", a French official said.

It appears that US President Donald Trump managed to make headlines at the G7 summit not only with his words and actions, but also with his appearance as well.

The German chancellor's comments on Sunday come after Trudeau announced that Canada would implement its own retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. Trump had given Canada, the European Union and Mexico temporary exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs he first announced in March, but said at the end of May that he would be ending the exemptions. 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".

"There are still good reasons to fight for the trans-Atlantic partnership", Merkel said Sunday, hedging that the European Union shouldn't "imprudently" follow the United States.

Out of a hundred photos that were taken during the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada, this particular picture of stood out after it was surfaced on social media on Saturday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't invited to the G-7 summit in Canada, although US President Donald Trump suggested he be readmitted.

Trump has been on a tear about German trade and cars in particular, bringing up the issues with other European leaders with whom he has met over the last few months, the source said.

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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