U.S. President Donald Trump countered a slew of trade numbers from U.S. allies with his own, different data, holding firm to his position that the United States was at a disadvantage, an official at a G7 summit said on Friday as consensus eluded the group's leaders.
"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"
Donald Trump appears relaxed and leaders even look like they're laughing at a joke from the president.
Merkel also commented on the statement of the US President, informs Bloomberg. This year's summit had a particular focus on trade.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country "will not be pushed around on trade matters." and called USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum "insulting".
"The issue of tariffs can not be looked at in isolation, we must also think about issues such as subsidies", she said.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose office for the first time in the history of the republic has reportedly ordered an overhaul of Germany's U.S. policy, went further.
Trump, who is in Singapore for negotiations with North Korea, continued to rip into USA trading partners late Sunday night Eastern Time, repeating complaints about the USA trade deficit and contributions to NATO.
"There are still good reasons to fight for the trans-Atlantic partnership", Merkel said Sunday, hedging that the European Union shouldn't "imprudently" follow the United States.
Merkel's March 2017 visit to the White House was marked by Trump either not hearing or ignoring her offer to shake hands in the Oval Office.