The G7 summit, summed up in one photo

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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.

The photo first appeared on Merkel's official Instagram account around noon Saturday. Photographs from the Group of Seven summit provided by the German and American governments suggest contrasting images of their leaders.

"Our companies have moved out and moved to Mexico and other countries, including Canada". But she also struck a more conciliatory tone at the summit, urging fellow leaders to step back from the brink of a possible trade war.

She added that with Trump's "unpredictable" leadership and the US turn toward isolationism, the European Union needs to hone its response to a raft of issues in an environment in which global institutions need to be "newly proven". Trump said the tariffs are necessary for national security.

He then tore into Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in a pair of tweets, calling him "very dishonest and weak" and attacking his "false statements" after Mr Trudeau reasserted his strong opposition to the U.S. tariffs in a news conference.

The two leaders met for talks on the margins of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada.

Trump delivered a parting shot hours after he had left the meeting, tweeting that he had directed U.S. representative not to sign the joint communique that underscored trade rules after he was angered by remarks made at a news conference by Trudeau.

The photo was tweeted by Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert.

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