Angela Merkel calls United States retraction of support 'sobering and somewhat depressing'

U.S. steel-aluminium tariffs result in EU counter-measures

Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7

A German official said that if Trump declines to sign a communique, it won't be the end of the G-7, but it would be a worrisome signal.

Expectations for a breakthrough at the summit, however, are low, with US allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues.

Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S.to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imports. "We agree that a return by Russian Federation to the G-7 format can not happen as long as there isn't any substantial progress in regard to the problems with Ukraine", said Merkel, CNN reported.

While making no direct criticism of Mr Trump, Mrs May told MPs: "This was a hard summit with, at times, some very candid discussions, but the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face". Trump reportedly missed Trudeau's opening remarks. Trump then declared on Twitter that he no longer endorsed the statement.

The picture is a key moment in a two-day meeting that has gone viral. "It's kind of insulting", said Trudeau, noting that many "Canadians fought side-by-side with American soldiers".

Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7
Trump and Merkel: A study in contrasting G7 images

The US leader has blasted Europeans, Germany above all, for failing to spend enough on their own defence, claiming they are taking advantage of US military power. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", said Trudeau.

Germany's Angela Merkel called for a spirit of "compromise" on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday (19 April) with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for "solidarity" among members of the currency union. Trump cited unfair trade and tariffs from Canada, a longtime U.S. ally, as one of the reasons he refused to back the joint statement. "Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 percent on dairy!"

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", Macron said in a statement.

Trump's late arrival also highlighted his early departure.

Berlin, Germany―World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo warned Monday against a damaging "escalation" of trade tensions between the United States and other major economies, following a divisive G7 summit. How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

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