Merkel on Trump G7 tweets: 'Sobering and a little depressing'

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The leaders of the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Britain made the strongly worded statement just hours after US President Donald Trump, who is part of the G7, said he wanted Moscow re-invited to the group.

When Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to push back against the United States president's protectionist policies.

President Donald Trump lashed out at U.S. allies Monday in a Twitter rant focusing on trade following a contentious G7 summit of economic powers in Canada at the weekend.

He tweeted hours later that he had instructed US representatives not to endorse the G7 joint communique "based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our USA farmers, workers and companies".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why Trump had focused his tweets on Canada and the European Union over trade disputes and on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners over defence costs and not on his talks with Kim.

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When Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Merkel to push back against the United States president's protectionist policies.

"We urge Russian Federation to cease its destabilising behaviour, to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime", the leaders said in a statement at the end of their two-day meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, suggested Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, saying the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around". -Canada border. He said unleashing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".

"He didn't attack [President Trump] in any way, other than restate Canada would retaliate for tariffs". "That's what matters", Trudeau said.

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President Emmanuel Macron reacted with a statement slamming Mr Trump's behaviour at the summit.

The Trump administration confirmed on May 31 it would apply additional tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and European Union countries, ending a two-month exemption period.

French President Emmanuel Macron attacked Trump's stance, saying, "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". He says that we are the problem with tariffs. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

US President Donald Trump, apparently still fuming over "dishonest and weak" Justin Trudeau for threatening to respond to US tariffs in kind, took to Twitter to slam the Canadian PM again and vent his anger at the tight-fisted EU.

The German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, on Sunday called on European nations to stick together following Trump's announcement. Trudeau stuck our president in the back. "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements. "I don't think that inflammatory language makes things better".

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That meeting, which will be hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , will be Trump's first visit to Canada as president. Mnuchin said he had informed Trump of his discussions but that trade was only one of many issues on a full agenda.

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