EU Will Act Against US Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum: Merkel


President Donald Trump said he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were waiting for a final draft of a joint statement by G-7 leaders when an iconic photograph was taken over the weekend showing the two leaders in what appeared to be a confrontation.

The German leader also reiterated that said she is not ready to "give up on G7" but at the same time would seek dialogue with Russian Federation and try to "work very closely" with Japan, Canada, India and China.

In the USA version, we see Mr Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a sceptical, nearly sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said a united front by the other six G7 nations should be the response to Trump's "America First" approach. At a press conference following the summit, Trudeau repeated his earlier description of U.S. trade tariffs as "insulting" and vowed retaliatory measures would come in July.

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

Trump later reacted to the photo, saying it was captured during a discussion that was "unrelated to anything".

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She also showed no signs of letting up-even if Trump retaliated by imposing tariffs on cars.

"Actually, we were just talking - the whole group - about something unrelated to everything, very friendly", Trump said. Then you carry your eyes toward the border of the picture and spot French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mr. Trump told George Stephanopoulos Tuesday night, Singapore time, that he has a "good" relationship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a "great" relationship with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel called Trump's decision "sobering and a bit depressing", and Macron also offered a strong rebuke. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

Merkel said the G7 leaders had agreed to review their trade ties and assess the scope of existing tariffs in order to avoid further trade barriers.

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", Merkel said.

Friday's trade session, where G7 allies planned to confront the US president over trade tariffs, had "some emotions" but was civilized and diplomatic, said the official who followed the talks.