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Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

US President Donald Trump has continued his personal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tweeting that he "acts hurt when called out". However, despite Trump's decision, Merkel insisted that she would continue working with him and at the same time, prepare the European Union to counter the United States tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada.

The president also commented on his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying he was surprised by Mr. Trudeau's post-summit comments.

In an interview with ABC, Trump said the image was "such an innocent picture".

"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 decision to remove the United States from the communique set off a strong response from other G7 leaders.




"There is no reason for us not to talk to each other, but this is going to be hard", Merkel said, adding that her dialogue with Trump will continue during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels in July. Trump himself looks like a comically petulant child, and John Bolton, the National Security Advisor, appears to be nervous, staunchly standing by the president. 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 US television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air.

While Trump has already left the G-7 Saturday morning, the picture in still burning up the internet, officially becoming a Twitter Moment Saturday.

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Merkel to criticize the USA president's handling of the matter. The official said disagreements remain, particularly with the US on a number of issues, but the goal remains to reach agreement on all the big issues.

"I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!"

Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership. "International cooperation cannot depend on anger or small words".