Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing'

Merkel-Trump G7 face-off photo headed for history books

Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel watches as President Donald Trump talks with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde during the Gender Equality Advisory Council breakfast during the G-7 summit, June 9, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada. We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency.

The statement added "France and Europe maintain their support" for the G7 conclusions. Let's be serious and worthy of our people.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Sunday called on European nations to stick together following Trump's announcement.

"We will try to see if we can stop this from happening..."

"You can destroy an incredible amount of trust very quickly in a tweet", he said. "And that's why we need to increase our defence spending", Merkel said.

The communique addresses trade, economic growth, national security and sustainability, and acknowledges that "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

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We will act too, says the German Chancellor. "We spend two days working out a [joint] statement and commitments". He justified President Trump's decision to drop out of a joint statement made by G7 countries this weekend.

Mr Trump had already threatened to divide the G7, made up of the US, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, when he suggested Russian Federation should be allowed to rejoin the group.

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Chancellor Merkel to criticize Trump's handling of the matter.

And he said he had told Trump that "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us". 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 USA television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air.

Turning to Russia, Merkel said she could imagine Moscow re-joining the G7 format at some point, but there first had to be progress in the implementation of the peace plan for Ukraine.

The US President addressed the subject of worldwide trade during an impromptu news conference at the summit Saturday, saying that he did not want to see other countries take advantage of the US over trade.

"We won't allow ourselves be ripped off again and again. We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends". "We will act too", she said.

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