Angela Merkel: German chancellor meets with Trump, Obama, Bush through the years

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Merkel described the joint communiqué Trump refused to sign, despite America's co-authorship, as "arduously negotiated".

As well as Merkel glancing at Trump when he arrived late to the summit's gender equality breakfast.

Photo released on Twitter by the German Governments spokesman Steffen Seibert on June 9 and taken by the German government's photographer Jesco Denzel shows President Trump talking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and surrounded by other G7 leaders during a meeting of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from the European Union on June 1, a move he said was meant to protect US national security. The source did not say Trump explicitly said he wanted all German-made cars out of the US.

"I don't want us to keep inflating our language", she added, saying the word "depressed" was "already a lot, coming from me", in an ironic reference to her usual unflappable appearance.

President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron that the European Union is worse than China on trade during a conversation that portended the tense end to this year's G7 summit.

Although U.S. senators have warned that a spat risks launching a "trade war", the key factor behind Trump's apparent policy zigzag was a matter of his image ahead of a first ever meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week, according to Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

Macron left his mark on Trump's hand after a firm handshake
Image Emmanuel Macron left his mark on Donald Trump's hand after a firm handshake

Amid the ongoing trade dispute with the US, Merkel called on European countries to remain united and to continue their efforts to prevent an escalation. But it won't solve the differences, particularly on trade, with the European Union moving toward retaliatory tariffs from July on key USA goods.

May thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for organizing the summit. He has directed USA officials "not to endorse" the G-7 joint statement, and personally insulted Trudeau in a series of Twitter posts.

"The other leaders presented their numbers and Trump presented his".

He also responded sharply to Mr Trudeau's press conference in which the Canadian leader criticised President Trump's decision to implement trade tariffs against countries including the EU, Canada, UK and Mexico.

"We have spent two days to secure a text and commitments".

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