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.
The center-right leader said a tariff-free area among G7 allies would be an ideal outcome, but she made clear that any talks about such a trade bloc would have to include non-tariff barriers to trade as well as free access to public tenders.
The G7 summit is coming down to the wire.
Trudeau's office cast doubt over the genuineness of Trump's offense at the prime minister's remarks, pointing out that Trudeau's messages simply reiterated his position before the summit, that he will oppose attempts to bully Canada on trade. But differences remain on how to balance French President Emmanuel Macron's call for more solidarity in Europe. "You should ask Prime Minister Abe".
As well as Merkel glancing at Trump when he arrived late to the summit's gender equality breakfast.
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"Europe must take its fate into his own hands and no longer imprudently follow the US", Merkel said.
Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S.to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imports.
Mr Trump on Saturday threw the G-7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Mr Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.
On Russia's possible return to the G7, Merkel said she could imagine it in the future but that the conditions had to be right for that. At the summit, Trump refused to endorse a group deal, saying other members use unfair trade practices against the United States. "They don't take our farm products", Trump complained at the news conference. Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Canadian official told national broadcaster CBC that not only had Trudeau made these remarks prior to the meeting, on US television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air.
The photo became a sensation online, and many observers felt it underscored the growing tension between Trump and the other G7 leaders.
"Canada does have a very big advantage over us".