Merkel: EU will act against United States tariffs on steel, aluminium - worldwide

Merkel: EU will act against United States tariffs on steel, aluminium - worldwide

Merkel: EU will act against United States tariffs on steel, aluminium - worldwide

Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" in a tweet after Trudeau repeated criticisms of us tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and Trump's trade policies in a news conference following the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec.

The rules-based order must be defended, she said, and disputes could not be solved by nations taking "unilateral actions against their partners".

It shows a standing Merkel, hands firmly planted on a table, staring down at President Donald Trump, who is seated with his arms folded.

Merkel's comments come after a weekend of tense diplomacy in Canada, where Trump did not endorse the G7 communique.

Russia has not released its hold on Crimea and has not been willing to negotiate on the Minsk Protocol agreement, which would ease the Russian occupation of the region; most recently, 14 Russian nationals were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering with the 2016 US election, including the former business partner (and suspected Russian spy) of Paul Manafort, Trump's one-time campaign manager.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron had what was described by a French official as a "very cordial" discussion about trade and North Korea.

Macron left his mark on Trump's hand after a firm handshake
Image Emmanuel Macron left his mark on Donald Trump's hand after a firm handshake

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared his own stare-down directed at Trump.

Merkel was not the only one to criticize Trump's move.

"We must stop this escalation of tensions, the tit-for-tat process is not going to be helpful. new sectors will be brought into the picture, which is something that will harm everyone", he said.

The picture has since gone viral on the internet, and Trump raised it himself at the news conference after he was asked about his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The 28-member bloc - soon to lose the United Kingdom after the 2016 referendum to exit the European Union - managed to grapple with a financial meltdown and the biggest influx of refugees since World War II only with "great effort", Merkel said.

That wrestling cry would have been an apt announcement at the G-7 summit, what with the U.S. and other heads of state at each other's throats using the thrust and parry of rude remarks and social media to pummel each other. Trump cited unfair trade and tariffs from Canada, a longtime USA ally, as one of the reasons he refused to back the joint statement. "International cooperation cannot depend on anger or small words".

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