Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

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Like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against USA tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, in line with World Trade Organisation rules, Merkel said.

Within Merkel's CDU party too, some are openly championing Seehofer's vision, including Saxony state premier Michael Kretschmer. Trump then declared on Twitter that he no longer endorsed the statement. Merkel said that while she could imagine such a scenario in the future, Moscow would first have to make progress in putting forth a viable peace plan for the country, Reuters reported. A White House adviser later admitted that Trump's desire to appear strong was partly the reason for this move.

Asked whether she supported the new "axis" on migration, Merkel said only that she backed "a shared European answer to the questions of illegal migration but also forms of legal migration".

The response from Mr Macron suggests an end to what observers had noted was a budding "bromance" between the French president and Mr Trump.

"So we won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again". "Europe, especially on these issues, is in a very fragile state, it is very, very important to me that Germany not act unilaterally".

Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S.to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imports.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks towards US President Donald Trump, who arrived late for the Gender Equality Advisory Council working breakfast on the second day of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada.

The G7 group of industrialized nations, which was created in 1976, lists the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France and Japan.

The German chancellor bemoaned that "Sometimes it seems that the American president thinks that only one side wins and everyone else loses", apparently referring to Trump's barbs directed against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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.

Trudeau's office cast doubt over the genuineness of Trump's offense at the prime minister's remarks, pointing out that Trudeau's messages simply reiterated his position before the summit, that he will oppose attempts to bully Canada on trade.

Yet after leaving the summit, Trump tweeted that he would instruct US officials not to endorse the G-7 statement, after objecting to comments from summit host Trudeau.

"I can not be part of an integration summit where there is one participant who in an article compared my strategy on homeland to the homeland understanding of the Nazis", Seehofer told reporters.

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