Trump’s G-7 outburst is ‘a little depressing,’ Germany’s Merkel says

Trump’s G-7 outburst is ‘a little depressing,’ Germany’s Merkel says

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Nevertheless, she vowed to continue to work on the often-fractious relationship with Trump’s White House.

“This does not mean that I then do not try to find mutual grounds again,” she added. “There remain good reasons to fight for the transatlantic partnership.”

She added: “I admit that in some areas we did not achieve what we wanted [at the G-7], but this is not a reason not to talk any longer.”

Trump went into the G-7 summit having riled its other members — Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan — on a number of geopolitical issues.

Image: G7 Summit Charlevoix
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde react as President Donald Trump arrives late for a breakfast meeting discussion on gender equality at the G-7 summit on Saturday.Neil Hall / EPA

It appeared the club had managed to paper over these cracks until Trump sent his tweets. He said he was unhappy at an end-of-summit press conference by Trudeau after he left the summit, in which Trudeau said Canada would retaliate against U.S. trade tariffs.

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

“Anyone who leaves with their backs turned away shows incoherence and inconsistency,” a French official said on condition of anonymity. “International cooperation can not depend on anger or small words. Let us be serious and worthy of our people.”

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said her nation “does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks,” Reuters reported.

Andy Eckardt reported from Mainz, Alexander Smith reported from London, and Nancy Ing reported from Paris.

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