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Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

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The German leader said she had no idea of Donald Trump's motive for suggesting to revive the G8 format.

"In a culture of open discussion, it's possible that we don't agree on all points", Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Friday. Also pictured are Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, France's Emmanuel Macron and UK's Theresa May, among others.

BuzzFeed News reports that this photo was taken at a meeting about trade and tariffs. BuzzFeed's source called Trump "a whirlpool" and "out of control". A White House adviser later admitted that Trump's desire to appear strong was partly the reason for this move.

Trouble for Trump began before he arrived in Canada.

"As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around", Trudeau said. It's long and hard, it takes a lot of time and determination. In his turn, Trump announced that the United States would be looking to impose tariffs on auto imports. "Maybe we can help", in a tart reference to alleged collusion between Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and the Trump team to influence the United States presidential election.

However, Merkel said it is too early to give up entirely on the United States and "There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping a close transatlantic partnership], even though we can not just rely on it anymore".

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit.

Отказ Дональда Трампа подписать итоговый документ G7 шокировал участников саммита
This picture from G7 summit 'speaks a thousand words' on global power dynamics

Before he left the summit early to travel to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump suggested Russian Federation should be allowed back in the trade group. Trump reportedly missed Trudeau's opening remarks. Instead of fighting big battles with Trump, his counterparts were angling for a baseline of agreement that might be as low as an acknowledgment of the important role of the G-7.

Trump ultimately refused to sign on to the communique.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who stands next to Trump in the picture, tweeted it during the summit to tout the America First message. "It's kind of insulting", said Trudeau, noting that many "Canadians fought side-by-side with American soldiers".

Merkel's comment was one of two nods to Trump during her hourlong ARD interview after her return from the G-7. He has directed USA officials "not to endorse" the G-7 joint statement, and personally insulted Trudeau in a series of Twitter posts.

Trump, who attended the day one of the summit pitched the idea of discarding all tariffs and trade barriers between the U.S. and its G-7 allies.

The leaders discussed trade in their afternoon group meeting, touching on the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the steel and aluminum tariffs that Trump recently imposed on Canada and the European Union, the Canadian official said.

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