Merkel: G7 agree on commitment to rules-based trade

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The European leader-famed for negotiating compromise without political histrionics-gave an uncharacteristically candid and combative assessment of relations with Trump as she spoke to German channel ARD, after last week's G-7 summit.

After leaving the summit Saturday, Trump announced that the USA was pulling back its endorsement of the G7 communique in part because of what he called "false statements" at a news conference by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

While Merkel, in the picture, can be seen standing behind a table with both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents, Trump with his arms crossed stares back.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a new interview Sunday that the European Union would implement counter-measures in response to President TrumpDonald John Trump McCain rips Trump over trade, tells allies: "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't" Head of Canada's auto parts industry association mocks Trump's threat of auto tariffs Dem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement MORE's decision to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc.

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Trump tweeted Saturday that he had instructed his representatives not to sign a communique between the seven nations that make up the group just after host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced all countries had agreed to it.

Captured and circulated by Mr Trump's team, another photo doesn't even show Mrs Merkel as the Republican firebrand takes centre stage in the middle of a crowd of world leaders who look to get his attention. He will not be attending the second day, as he is all set to leave for Singapore where is scheduled to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un on June 12.

The G7 is made up of Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

Others, however, insisted that Trump looks like he's in control of the situation in the photo.

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. In an echo of Cold War meetings on neutral ground, Austria is encouraging the U.S. to hold a summit in Vienna, a White House official said last week. In the photo, Macron is looking directly at the president and gesturing. "We will act too", she said.

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