Merkel and Trump: A study in contrasting images from G-7

Angela Merkel acknowledged that major differences remained between the US and its G7 partnersMore

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that G7 leaders had agreed on the wording of a common statement at their ongoing summit which would include a commitment to a "rules-based" trade framework.

Tense and confrontational, it appears to sum up President Donald Trump's entire trip, which highlighted divisions among the global powers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that it will be possible to talk about Russia's return to the G7 after significant progress is made in the Ukraine situation. Trump said the tariffs are necessary for national security. Most of the foreign leaders at the summit had hoped to use the meeting to confront Trump about new tariffs he is imposing on imports, but instead found themselves reacting to Trump's Russian Federation comments and bombastic Twitter posts. Despite this, they were seen to be on good terms, and President Macron's team said his talks with Trump were "frank and robust".

Rows over trade followed, but Mr Trump maintains that he rates his relationship with the other leaders as a "10".

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Mrs Merkel's photo has taken off on social media, spawning all sorts of memes and amusing caption contests.

Mrs Merkel's March 2017 visit to the White House was marked by Mr Trump either not hearing or ignoring her offer to shake hands in the Oval Office.

Before his departure to the Canadian summit on Friday, Trump told reporters that it would be right to revive the G8 format (G7 nations plus Russia), suspended in 2014.

The two-day summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, ended in disarray after Trump said the USA wouldn't endorse the joint communique, and insulted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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