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

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

Asked whether she could imagine the idea of a complete abolition of tariffs proposed at some point with Trump, Merkel said that in an ideal case this could be achieved, but cautioned that the issue of subsidies should also be taken into account.

Trump also incorrectly claimed that the photo "was put out by my people", as it was released by Merkel's office.

In an interview following the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump tried to downplay the photo's meaning to ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

Merkel's comments come after a weekend of tense diplomacy in Canada, where Trump did not endorse the G7 communique.

"But we don't have a sufficient foundation to confront crises of the future", she added, underscoring her push for reforms.

"I'll tell you very openly and deeply seriously, if we don't manage to form a common response to illegal immigration, then certain foundations of the European Union will be placed in question", Merkel said, citing freedom of movement across the EU's borders. "That was, that was such an innocent picture".

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Echoing Merkel's sentiments, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that "international cooperation can not depend on fits of anger and a few words", according to a statement published by French public broadcaster RFI. Trump himself looks like a comically petulant child, and John Bolton, the National Security Advisor, appears to be nervous, staunchly standing by the president.

Merkel described the joint communiqué Trump refused to sign, despite America's co-authorship, as "arduously negotiated". -Canada border. He said unleashing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests". Shinzo Abe of Japan looks on with a world-weary expression.

"The communique was agreed by all the parties who attended the G7 and we fully intend to honor it", the spokesman said. "International cooperation cannot depend on anger or small words".

Trump also incorrectly claimed that the photo was released by the United States team.

The photo was supposedly put on the social media feed, Instagram by spokesperson for the German Chancellor Steffen Seibert and taken by German photographer Jesco Denzel.

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