Angela Merkel calls US retraction of support 'sobering and somewhat depressing'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during a news conference in the chancellery in Berlin Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during a news conference in the chancellery in Berlin Germany

This came after Trump tweeted, "Based on Justin's (Trudeau) false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our USA farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", she said, referring to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

She points to demands by Trump for Europe to pay more for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, his exit from the Paris climate agreement, conflicts over trade and his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last month.

The photo shows Merkel and other world leaders standing, with the German Chancellor locking eyes with a seated Trump, his arms crossed and a slight smirk on his face.

The details of the conversation, which Axios previously reported, come amid fears of a looming trade war over the Trump administration's move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

Multilateral action was needed to prevent "tit-for-tat" reprisals, she said, adding that the concerns of countries about unfair trade practices must be "addressed not ignored".

"I don't want us to keep inflating our language", she added, saying the word "depressed" was "already a lot, coming from me", in an ironic reference to her usual unflappable appearance.

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Ironically, Trump was expected to receive a far warmer reception from Kim Jong Un than from US allies in the West. It was not helped by two of President's Trump's communications when he left the meeting.

Trump ultimately refused to sign on to the communique.

The picture has since gone viral on the Internet, and Mr Trump raised it himself at the news conference after he was asked about his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We have a very big trade deficit with Canada.

Expectations for a breakthrough at the summit, however, are low, with US allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues.

Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the opposition and the leader of Labour party, denounced the summit as a failure caused by Trump.

Germany's Angela Merkel called for a spirit of "compromise" on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday (19 April) with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for "solidarity" among members of the currency union.

"We spent two days producing a statement and commitments", the statement said.

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