Trump told Macron EU worse than China on trade

Minnie Murray
June 13, 2018

Mr Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" in a tweet after Mr Trudeau repeated criticisms of United States tariffs on imported steel and aluminium and Mr Trump's trade policies in a news conference following the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec. Highlighting that the document is still "legally-binding" as far as Germany is concerned, Merkel said she would uphold it but her patience after Trump's about-face had worn thin.

US President Donald Trump left the summit early to attend a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and tweeted on Saturday that he had asked US representatives not to endorse the final communique because of the disagreements on trade.

Expectations for a breakthrough at the summit, however, are low, with USA allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues. In the photo, Macron is looking directly at the president and gesturing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday warned both Trump and the European Union of the dangers of entering a tit-for-tat trade war over tariffs, urging both sides to instead focus on China's excess steel production.

A White House adviser later admitted that Trump's desire to appear strong was partly the reason for this move.

"Actually, we were just talking - the whole group - about something unrelated to everything, very friendly", Trump said.

The picture is a key moment in a two-day meeting that has gone viral. "I would say that the G-8 is a more meaningful group than the G-7, absolutely", Trump said.

Trump was reportedly infuriated by Trudeau's comments during the news conference.

Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S. to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminium imports. The U.S. president is staring back, arms crossed, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on with his arms also crossed.

The 28-member bloc - soon to lose the United Kingdom after the 2016 referendum to exit the European Union - managed to grapple with a financial meltdown and the biggest influx of refugees since World War II only with "great effort", Merkel said. "International cooperation cannot depend on anger or small words".

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.

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