Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Merkel: EU will act against U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminium - global

Merkel: EU will act against U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminium - global

But Trudeau had simply reiterated points he'd made before: that Canada planned dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs in response to Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

She said: "The situation is not pleasant".

G7 leaders have since responded to the fractious meetings in Canada, and criticised President Trump's behaviour.

The G-7 summit was coming down to the wire. But it won't solve the differences, particularly on trade, with the European Union moving toward retaliatory tariffs from July on key USA goods. In the photo, Macron is looking directly at the president and gesturing.

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit.

"We must stop this escalation of tensions, the tit-for-tat process is not going to be helpful. new sectors will be brought into the picture, which is something that will harm everyone", he said.

Mr Trump on Saturday threw the G-7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Mr Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.


He said USA farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms: "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them".

On Russia's possible return to the G7, Merkel said she could imagine it in the future but that the conditions had to be right for that.

The picture has since gone viral on the internet, and Trump raised it himself at the news conference after he was asked about his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The official said disagreements remain, particularly with the USA on a number of issues, but the goal remains to reach agreement on all the big issues.

Trump appeared to acquiesce to Merkel and other leaders' positions, as the G-7 issued a joint statement to uphold "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" at the end of the two-day summit. The U.S. president is staring back, arms crossed, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on with his arms also crossed.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", Macron said in a statement.

Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the opposition and the leader of Labour party, denounced the summit as a failure caused by Trump.

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