Angela Merkel calls US retraction of support 'sobering and somewhat depressing'

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Europe will implement counter-measures against USA tariffs on steel and aluminium, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw support for a Group of Seven communique.

The image was published on the German chancellor's Instagram account and features Angela Merkel looking stern and businesslike, leaning over a seated Donald Trump with other world leaders assembled around her.

U.S. President Donald Trump countered a slew of trade numbers from U.S. allies with his own, different data, holding firm to his position that the United States was at a disadvantage, an official at a G7 summit said on Friday as consensus eluded the group's leaders.

Canada's Justin Trudeau and other leaders had given closing press conferences and announced a US-backed joint statement.

Nearly 18 months into Trump's presidency, Merkel's comments offered renewed evidence of Germany's struggle to adapt to an upended relationship with the US.

We will act too, says the German Chancellor.

Despite Trump's withdrawal and decision to double down on restricting foreign goods entering the U.S. market, Merkel insisted that she would continue to hold talks and work together with the president. Let's take a look at the story behind the photo.

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The details of the conversation, which Axios previously reported, come amid fears of a looming trade war over the Trump administration's move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

"This has solidified my belief that we, Europeans, should decide our fate by ourselves", the German leader said, calling on EU to be more active in defending its values and principles.

"There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping close transatlantic partnership], even though we can not just rely on it anymore", she added. In his turn, Trump announced that the United States would be looking to impose tariffs on vehicle imports.

Germany, Europe's top economy, finds itself in the sights of the U.S. president due to its large trade surplus and defense spending criticized as too low.

Merkel said she expected Italy's new coalition government to vote for the extension of European sanctions against Russian Federation.

Out of a hundred photos that were taken during the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada, this particular picture of stood out after it was surfaced on social media on Saturday.

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