Germany defends automakers as national interest in swipe at Trump

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

However, Merkel said it is too early to give up entirely on the United States and "There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping a close transatlantic partnership], even though we can not just rely on it anymore".

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.

"I'm not saying that none of the things he wants will happen", Merkel said in an interview with ARD public television.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called President Donald Trump's choice to break ranks with US allies-by backing out of a joint statement on social media and then deride foreign leaders-"a little depressing". She also doubted if the USA leader still has what she called "the spirit of G7".

However, Merkel avoided giving a definitive answer to the question of whether Germany will stop seeing the United States as an "important partner". Highlighting that the document is still "legally-binding" as far as Germany is concerned, Merkel said she would uphold it but her patience after Trump's about-face had worn thin.

The acrimonious fallout from the G7 began after Mr Trump watched Mr Trudeau's end-of-summit press conference.

We will act too, says the German Chancellor.

"We finished the meeting, really, everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Mr Trump told reporters at a news conference following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

The calamitous summit ended in disarray after Trump broadsided his allies by disavowing a joint statement the USA had agreed to.

In his tweets, Trump attacked Trudeau by calling him "dishonest and weak" and denouncing statements as "false".

The US and its allies have been locked in a bitter dispute of trade tariffs and perceived trade "inequality" for quite some time.

A photograph of world leaders from the Group of Seven nations with the most advanced economies surrounding Donald Trump, first shared on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's official Instagram account, went viral on social media over the weekend, inviting a flurry of jokes and multiple caption contests. 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.

Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the United States to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminium imports.