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

03:05  11 june  2018
03:05  11 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Merkel predicts 'contentious' G7 summit with Trump

  Merkel predicts 'contentious' G7 summit with Trump The German leader said Wednesday she expected "contentious discussions" at a G7 summit this week, given differences with U.S. President Donald Trump on trade, climate and security. Speaking two days before the Canada meeting of the club of major industrialized democracies, Merkel also said the leaders may not necessarily manage to agree on a final joint statement."I think everyone knows there will be difficult discussions there, because G7 summits deal with the global economy, trade, climate protection, development — and foreign policy," she told the German parliament.

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit . Asked by reporters whether he would relent on tariffs, Trump looked at Merkel and said: “I don’t know. Ask this great lady.”

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit . Asked by reporters whether he would relent on tariffs, Trump looked at Merkel and said: “I don’t know. Ask this great lady.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel participates in the G-7 Working Session with Outreach Countries and International Organizations at the G-7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)f © The Associated Press German Chancellor Angela Merkel participates in the G-7 Working Session with Outreach Countries and International Organizations at the G-7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)f

FRANKFURT, Germany — German Chancellor Angela Merkel found the contentious Group of Seven summit with U.S. President Donald Trump a "sobering" and "depressing" experience but said European leaders won't be "taken advantage of" on trade.

She conceded in an interview on German public television Sunday that the meeting's outcome "wasn't a great thing."

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Merkel described Trump ’s decision to withdraw his approval of the joint communique following the G 7 summit in Canada as a “ sobering experience .” She also praised the joint statement itself as a “laboriously negotiated” document.

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit . Asked by reporters whether he would relent on tariffs, Trump looked at Merkel and said: “I don’t know. Ask this great lady.”

"I have spoken of a sobering experience, which for me is a lot," she added.

Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the other leaders clashed with Trump over steel and aluminum tariffs as well as his decision to abandon a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

The group managed a common statement in which they agreed to disagree on some issues, only to have Trump disavow the document in a tweet after leaving the meeting.

Merkel said that "taking it back by tweet was of course sobering and also a little depressing."

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

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