Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Merkel disappointed by Trump's u-turn on G7 statement Europe 09:35

Merkel disappointed by Trump's u-turn on G7 statement Europe 09:35

Trump's announcement on Twitter, after leaving the Group of Seven summit in Canada early, that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", she said, referring to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from the European Union on June 1, a move he said was meant to protect USA national security.

Jeremy Corbyn said Donald Trump was to blame for the summit's "failure".

Describing the USA tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on United States goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war.

Multilateral action was needed to prevent "tit-for-tat" reprisals, she said, adding that the concerns of countries about unfair trade practices must be "addressed not ignored". Trump cited unfair trade and tariffs from Canada, a longtime USA ally, as one of the reasons he refused to back the joint statement. "Instead, we act then too", were Merkel's words who used a rather strong language she usually avoids.

Merkel described the joint communiqué Trump refused to sign, despite America's co-authorship, as "arduously negotiated".

Looking ahead to the next major diplomatic encounter with Trump - a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance leaders in July - "it won't be easy", Merkel said.

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.

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

The US leader accused the G7 nations of "robbing" the US, and stated his nation had been "taken advantage of for decades and decades" in global trade.

"The other leaders presented their numbers and Trump presented his".

US President Donald Trump is seated amid a crowd of officials. "We would hope that the United States would similarly honour the commitments that they have made".

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