G7 row: Emmanuel Macron attacks Donald Trump's 'fits of anger'

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", Merkel said.

Turning to Russia, Merkel said she could imagine Moscow re-joining the G7 format at some point, but there first had to be progress in the implementation of the peace plan for Ukraine.

"The withdrawal, so to speak, via tweet is of course. sobering and a bit depressing", Merkel said in an ARD television interview following the G7 summit.

Across a narrow table, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are standing, holding copies of a draft text, arguing for their position.

Shortly afterward, the White House issued a separate photo showing a sitting Trump speaking as Merkel, Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listen. Russian Federation was booted after its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

After leaving the summit Saturday, Trump announced that the US was pulling back its endorsement of the G7 communique in part because of what he called "false statements" at a news conference by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

We will act too, says the German Chancellor.

The G7 nations are Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

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".

"No more. (photo by @RegSprecher)", crediting Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert's account for the image for good measure.

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.

Trump, during the summit, insisted that Russian Federation should be a part of the group, leaving many to wonder why the US president is going out of his way to include Vladimir Putin in the group.

The French president's office said in a statement: "International co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Canadian official told national broadcaster CBC that not only had Trudeau made these remarks prior to the meeting, on USA television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air.

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. "And anyone who leaves and turns their back on them shows their inconsistency", the palace said.