Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

His remarks come a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed President Donald Trump's sustained criticism of Germany's export prowess, arguing that the USA runs a trade surplus with Europe when services are included.

At the summit, of which the build-up to had been dominated by Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, the world leaders had agreed a statement that read: "We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation". "Instead, we act then too".

Mr Kurz heads a right-wing government and has similar views to Mr Seehofer, he said: "We must decide who come to Europe, not the smugglers".

Merkel's open-door policy for Germany has already been gradually scaled back and Christian Democrat General-Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely seen as a possible successor to Merkel, said the party's leadership supported her position. "Trump's isolationist policy has created a worldwide vacuum - that one can especially feel after the G-7", Maas said in a speech in Berlin on Wednesday.

"She was looking at me, you know what we were doing?"

The German leader also reiterated that said she is not ready to "give up on G7" but at the same time would seek dialogue with Russian Federation and try to "work very closely" with Japan, Canada, India and China. At a press conference following the summit, Trudeau repeated his earlier description of USA trade tariffs as "insulting" and vowed retaliatory measures would come in July.

Meanwhile, Trump's off to Singapore to meet up with North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un who landed in the country earlier today.

Later on Saturday, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all seven nations had signed a joint communique at the end of the summit, Trump angrily lashed out on Twitter, stating the US would not endorse the statement.

Trump's tweets appeared to single out Trudeau, alleging he was "very dishonest & weak" in a series of Twitter posts as he backed out of the joint statement on fair trade, saying it should now be called "fool trade".

Guy Verhofstaft, the European Union parliament's representative in Brexit negotiations and former prime minister of Belgium, shared a photo of Merkel staring down President Trump during a meeting at the G7 summit.

"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. Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum tariffs sparked tension at the meeting. We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency.

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