G7 photo of Trump becomes internet classic, going from baroque to ridiculous

13 June, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Donald Trump's "withdrawal via Twitter" from the agreed-upon joint G-7 communiqué, which was co-authored by every member of the Group of Seven, "of course sobering and a little depressing" in an interview following the summit.

The photo shared by Merkel's office on Saturday was simply captioned "Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions".

On Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a fallout with Trump when he held a press conference after the latter departed Quebec to attend the North Korea summit in Singapore. Asked by reporters whether he would relent on tariffs, Trump looked at Merkel and said: "I don't know".

The image, which drew comparisons to a Baroque painting, shows Merkel standing at the centre of the frame leaning across a table before a seated Trump, his arms crossed in defiance.

"You can destroy an incredible amount of trust very quickly in a tweet", he said.

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Soon, morphed versions of the photo started doing the rounds, majority infantilising Trump. "Sometimes it seems that the American president thinks that only one side wins and everyone else loses", Merkel said, apparently speaking about Trump's verbal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She said that she still believes Trump shares the principled stance of the G7 on "many issues". 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.

Despite Mr Trump's actions, the UK, France and Germany have insisted they will stand by the commitments made at the summit.

President Trump left the meeting half-way, warning the G7 nations that if they don't remove trade barriers with the USA, they will face consequences. In his turn, Trump announced that the United States would be looking to impose tariffs on vehicle imports. She added that with Trump's "unpredictable" leadership and the USA 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, who is in Singapore for negotiations with North Korea, continued to rip into USA trading partners late Sunday night Eastern Time, repeating complaints about the USA trade deficit and contributions to NATO.

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