G-7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering’ experience, Merkel says

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G-7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering’ experience, Merkel says

Trump said on Twitter in March that if the European Union drops its "horrific barriers & tariffs on USA products going in, we will likewise drop ours", but that he would otherwise "tax cars".

But within minutes of the official summit communiqué, Trump lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accusing him of making "false statements" during the closing news conference. "And I can not postpone it until hell freezes over", Mr. Seehofer said, according to Deutsche Welle.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was fighting Tuesday to stamp out the first major row within her uneasy coalition, as disputes over her refugee policy returned to haunt her while she negotiates a broad European Union asylum deal. She also doubted if the United States leader still has what she called "the spirit of G7".

According to Deutsche Welle, Mr Seehofer said: "I have a responsibility for this country, namely to steer and maintain order".

"There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping close transatlantic partnership], even though we can not just rely on it anymore", she added.

However, Merkel avoided giving a definitive answer to the question of whether Germany will stop seeing the U.S. as an "important partner".

Merkel sidestepped giving a clear answer when asked if Berlin will stop viewing Washington as an "important partner", saying that she would continue efforts to achieve compromises through dialogue and "go her own way" if those discussions fail to bring any results.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks towards US President Donald Trump, who arrived late for the Gender Equality Advisory Council working breakfast on the second day of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada.

Trudeau, who announced that the G7 had issued a joint communique, had to suffer the wrath of Trump.

Merkel indicated she lobbied Trump to refrain from slapping tariffs on USA vehicle imports from Europe, a measure that threatens to hit German carmakers the hardest. Trump called Trudeau "meek and mild" and "dishonest and weak" in a tweet for his stance on tariffs.

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.

Emmanuel Macron has warned Donald Trump about "fits of anger" after the USA president refused to endorse a joint communique of G7 leaders.

Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S.to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imports.

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