Donald Trump G7 tweets ‘sobering and depressing’: Angela Merkel

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"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", Merkel said. This year's summit had a particular focus on trade.

Merkel said the contentious meeting drives home the point she's made for more than a year: that the European Union needs to stand together to increase its clout on the world stage and that the USA is a less reliable partner.

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

The proposal, made during the two-day Group of Seven nations summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, was strongly supported by other leaders present, the official said, adding that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was ready to invest personally in it. Juncker has also offered to visit Washington for a common assessment of EU-US trade to help resolve the dispute, an official said.

"There is no reason for us not to talk to each other, but this is going to be hard", Merkel said, adding that her dialogue with Trump will continue during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels in July.

From left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and Trump.

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"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.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel watches as President Donald Trump talks with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde during the Gender Equality Advisory Council breakfast during the G-7 summit, June 9, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada. "Instead, we act then too", Merkel said in an unusually combative tone.

European Union nations' failure to speak and act with one voice overseas is a "danger", Merkel warned, as is the fact "that we have no collective approach to the question of managing migration", vital if freedom of movement within Europe's borders is to be upheld. Russian Federation was thrown out of what was then the G8 after it invaded and annexed Crimea - a strategic Black Sea peninsula - from Kyiv in 2014 and later fomented an ongoing war in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region that has killed almost 11,000 people.

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

"The situation isn't very nice", Merkel said. While she could imagine such a scenario in the future, Moscow would first have to make real progress on a viable peace plan for the country, she said.

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