Merkel´s spokesman offers `no interpretation´ on G7 image

by Abel Hampton June 14, 2018, 4:09
Merkel´s spokesman offers `no interpretation´ on G7 image

Asked about Trump's threat to target USA tariffs against cars - a vital industry for Germany which supports over 800,000 jobs - "we will have to think again about what we'll do", Merkel said.

Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership.

The British leader echoed disappointment from other leaders that President Donald Trump first agreed to a communique for "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" and the reduction of "tariff barriers", but later tweeted he wouldn't endorse the deal.

The EU has already said it will announce countermeasures against Trump's metals tariffs on July 1.

In an effort to quell fears that Italy's new coalition government of Eurosceptic populists will demand an end to the EU's sanctions against Russia, Merkel said she expected Rome to fall into line with the rest of the Member States and vote in favour of an extension of Brussels' existing restrictions against Moscow.

At the start of Trump's presidency, many foreign leaders worked to develop cordial relationships with him, hoping that it would help to make Trump more willing to compromise on some of his more contentious campaign promises.

While the big news today is focusing on President Trump's meeting with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, there were some interesting developments this past weekend.

A German finance ministry spokesman said: "We have made significant progress with our French friends towards a reform proposal for the euro zone and we will continue our talks next week". Plus, targeting German carmakers would hurt American workers and the U.S. economy.

The US has slapped a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.

That statement had sought to overcome deep disagreements, notably over trade.

Trump told Macron during their meeting in Washington that there are too many German cars in the United States, the source previously told CNN.

"One risk is that others will take advantage of this apparent vacuum in American leadership and the lack of trans-Atlantic consensus and act in ways that will harm trans-Atlantic interests, whether it's Russian Federation in the Eurasia. or China in Asia", said Ian Lesser, of the German Marshall Fund.

At that point, Trump had been elected president and the USA intelligence community had concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" aimed at putting Trump in power.

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