Trump told Macron EU worse than China on trade

Trump told Macron EU worse than China on trade

Trump told Macron EU worse than China on trade

Europe will implement counter-measures against us tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw support for a G7 communique.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel created a storm on the internet when she shared a picture from the G-7 Summit held in Canada on her official Instagram account on Saturday.

A war of words has erupted between the United States and its G7 allies, hours after the group had put on an apparent show of unity at the end of a tense summit.

Canada's Justin Trudeau and other leaders had given closing press conferences and announced a US-backed joint statement. Asked by reporters whether he would relent on tariffs, Trump looked at Merkel and said: "I don't know". The photo shows Merkel towering over Trump, the only person in the group who is seated, and staring him down.

"We as Europe have to stand up for our principles, potentially together with Japan and Canada", Merkel said. But it won't solve the differences, particularly on trade, with the European Union moving toward retaliatory tariffs from July on key US goods. She also said the USA president wasn't entirely wrong in pressing Germany to increase defence spending.

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

Many saw a distillation of a crisis of the West in the photograph, and a revival of the debate launched by USA and British media after Trump's 2016 election whether Merkel was the new "leader of the free world".

She said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization.

Trump lashed out again at USA allies Monday in Twitter messages focusing on "massive trade surpluses" that he said the United States has endured "for decades" with its closest allies.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose office for the first time in the history of the republic has reportedly ordered an overhaul of Germany's USA policy, went further. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

Merkel was not the only one to criticize Trump's move.

Saturday's picture was not the first awkward moment between Trump and Merkel, who makes no secret of her disagreement with the American leader's approach on trade, his rejection of the deal to limit Iran's nuclear program and his decision to take the United States out of the global Paris deal to fight climate change.

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