Merkel disappointed by Trump’s u-turn on G7 statement

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Donald Trump appears relaxed and leaders even look like they're laughing at a joke from the president.

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.

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's office announced in a statement, according to Reuters. Let's be serious and worthy of our people. We spent two days obtaining a draft and commitments. We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency.

Meanwhile, a photo released by French President Emmanuel Macron's team shows the crowd of officials captivated by something that the European Union poster boy is telling them. The picture that has gone viral on social media shows Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron staring down US President Donald Trump. In the United States version, we see Mr Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a sceptical, nearly sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.

After a failure to get Trump to budge on the tariffs he placed against America's G7 allies, Justin Trudeau held a press conference in which he vowed retaliatory action.

"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!" In an echo of Cold War meetings on neutral ground, Austria is encouraging the U.S. to hold a summit in Vienna, a White House official said last week. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

The leaders of the world's richest democracies have promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade.

Germany also said it will stand by the jointly agreed communique.

She also spoke about Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation be readmitted to the G-7, from which it was booted after its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Canada are hosting the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie.

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