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

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

According to BBC, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, and Germany agreed on "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", as well as, the importance to fight protectionism.

Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the G7 meeting finished on Saturday, with the USA president accusing Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty.

Despite the tensions at the gathering in Canada, Mr Trump rated his relationship with their leaders as a "10" - naming Germany's Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau, but not the UK's Prime Minister.

At the summit, of which the build-up to had been dominated by Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, the world leaders had agreed a statement that read: "We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

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Earlier, Mr Trudeau had told reporters that Mr Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify USA tariffs steel and aluminium imports was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their United States allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

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Nearly 18 months into Trump's presidency, Merkel's comments offered renewed evidence of Germany's struggle to adapt to an upended relationship with the US.

Trump was said to have lobbied hard to have Vladimir Putin's position within the "G8 summit" restored.

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Trump had said that the decision of the Indian government to reduce the tariff from 75 per cent to 50 per cent was not enough and asked that it should be reciprocal, as the United States imposes "zero tax" on the import of motorcycles.

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", said Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland, according to the Toronto Star.

"He made an error", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union". She also doubted if the U.S. leader still has what she called "the spirit of G7".

In urging Trudeau to apologize for his comments, he also said the prime minister's statements were a "diplomatic betrayal" as Trump headed to Singapore to his high-profile summit with North Korean leader with Kim Jong-un.

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"They are simply not playing fair - dishonest, weak", Navarro said, echoing some of the same words Trump used in his tweets. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also called Trudeau's comments a stab in the back to Trump. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

"I can't fault Trudeau for how he's handled Trump or tried to handle it", said Andrew MacDougall, who acted as communications director for former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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".

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