Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Merkel: EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminium

Merkel: EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminium

Later on Saturday, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all seven nations had signed a joint communique at the end of the summit, Trump angrily lashed out on Twitter, stating the USA would not endorse the statement.

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Merkel to criticize the USA president's handling of the matter.

The European leader-famed for negotiating compromise without political histrionics-gave an uncharacteristically candid and combative assessment of relations with Trump as she spoke to German channel ARD, after last week's G-7 summit. "And then hopefully the European Union will respond again in the same unified way", she said, as reported by South China Morning Post.

The G7 meeting collapsed in farce as Trump left early to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a summit in Singapore, refusing to sign a communique produced by the group.

"The withdrawal by tweet is, of course, sobering and a bit depressing", she said.

Mr Seehofer, who received a phone call from his Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini, said the new government in Rome is interested in building a partnership focused on security, counterterrorism and migration. "Instead, we act then too".

"Canada does have a very big advantage over us".

The Charlevoix G-7 summit was marked by sharp disagreements over Trump's decision to impose higher import taxes on aluminum and steel imports.

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Chancellor Merkel to criticize Trump's handling of the matter.

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.

The photo was also posted on Twitter by Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, who stated that the USA president's posture sent a message to other G7 countries that the United States will no longer be their bank. "Other states will surely follow", he said in a statement.

"It means that we as Europe have to stand up for our principles, potentially together with Japan and Canada", Merkel said of Trump pushing away the other members of the G7. Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Canadian official told national broadcaster CBC that not only had Trudeau made these remarks prior to the meeting, on US television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air. "And I can not postpone it until hell freezes over", Mr. Seehofer said, according to Deutsche Welle. Turning back migrants at the border, she said this week, would only add pressure to neighboring countries such as Italy and Greece.

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