Chancellor Angela Merkel: Trump's rejection of G7 communique 'sobering' and 'depressing'

Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lambasted the US President Donald Trump's decision to renege on the G7 joint statement.

"I'm certainly in favour of that", Merkel said in a German television interview.

"(Trump's) withdrawal via Twitter is of course sobering and a little depressing", Merkel said, according to a translation from public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Trump spent the days leading up to the meeting tweeting complaints about the summit's "indignant" host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron, arguing that both leaders refused to budge on their trade positions.

"We finished the meeting, really, everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Trump told reporters at a news conference following his summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Like virtually all German media, Berlin's daily Tagesspiegel ran the picture prominently and said Trump's caustic tweets upending the summit conclusions had "shaken the West".

She said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

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Trump and Merkel: A study in contrasting G7 images

President Trump is downplaying the media's reaction to the viral photo of the G-7 summit that showed him surrounded by other leaders. "We were talking while we were waiting for the final copy of the document", the president said.

European Union nations' failure to speak and act with one voice overseas is a "danger", Merkel warned, as is the fact "that we have no collective approach to the question of managing migration", vital if freedom of movement within Europe's borders is to be upheld.

In recent weeks, trading partners of the U.S. have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.

The summit did not mark the end of the transatlantic partnership between Europe and the U.S., Merkel said.

Turning to Russia, Merkel said she could imagine Moscow re-joining the G7 format at some point, but there first had to be progress in the implementation of the peace plan for Ukraine.

Russian Federation has been shut out since its 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, and has since earned Western condemnation for its military intervention in Syria in support of dictator Bashar al-Assad.

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