One Magnificent Photo Sums Up Donald Trump's G-7 Visit

Germany's Merkel backs restraint with Italy's populist govt

German Chancellor Merkel's stare down photo sums up Trump's time at G-7

Merkel will meet new Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte for the first time at this week's Group of Seven summit in Canada.

Tense and confrontational, it appears to sum up President Donald Trump's entire trip, which highlighted divisions among the global powers.

After all, during the summit, Trump had threatened to enact stiff penalties if other countries did not agree to dramatically reduce or end tariffs on American goods.

Trump said Saturday that he has a great relationship with his allies.

He then tore into Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in a pair of tweets, calling him "very dishonest and weak" and attacking his "false statements" after Mr Trudeau reasserted his strong opposition to the United States tariffs in a news conference.

He spoke to reporters with this statement before heading to Canada for the G7 summit.

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

And another photo taken by Mr Trudeau's official photographer Adam Scotti shows a slightly happier scene, with Mrs Merkel smiling with Mr Trump and Mr Trudeau seeming to laugh.

The photo was tweeted by Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Fuller wasn't only one who saw echoes of one of America's preeminent early 20th-century painters and illustrators in the assortment of enigmatic facial expressions of a room full of the world's most powerful leaders.

With as neutral an expression as possible, she stares directly at President Trump, who sits on the other side of the table.

Mrs Merkel and the IMF's Christine Lagarde were meanwhile left looking at an empty seat before the late arrival of Mr Trump to a Gender Equality Advisory Council breakfast.

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