Trump turns nasty against allies at G-7

Calls with Trump 'like making sausage,' says France's Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump

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 United States is a less reliable partner.

"The principle of a dialogue was agreed this afternoon", the French official told reporters.

Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron both visited the White House and appealed to Trump not to completely withdraw from the agreement.

Many saw a distillation of a crisis of the West in the photograph, and a revival of the debate launched by U.S. and British media after Trump's 2016 election whether Merkel was the new "leader of the free world".

U.S. president Donald Trump has injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the G7 nations as he called for Russian Federation to be reinstated.

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He really, actually, you know: "he did a great disservice to the whole G-7", he said. "They have tariffs on certain dairy and food products - 290 [to] 295 percent".

"Something's going to happen".

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)". Kudlow was vague on whether the summit will produce a joint decision or a clear outcome on trade or other issues, saying "let them meet first". It was unclear if the technical talks were part of her initiative.

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.

Officials have conceded the mood at the summit will likely be exceptionally tense.

This will be Trump's second summit of the G-7, an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship.

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But he was more affable after meeting Macron and Trudeau, swapping jokes with the latter before the media though neither budged on their trade positions. We could go on, but you know what they say about a photo and its worth relative to words. "We have little tests every once in a while when it comes to trade".

The picture, snapped Saturday by German government photographer Jesco Denzel, shows a standing Merkel with her hands firmly planted on a table staring down at Trump, who is seated with his arms folded and eyes glaring.

That's the tantalizing context for this now iconic photo at this past weekend's G-7 summit in Canada, shared by several people in the room, including National Security Advisor John Bolton.

He arrived behind schedule and planned an early leave from the G7 meeting today for Singapore, where he will attend the highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The communique addresses trade, economic growth, national security and sustainability, and acknowledges that "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

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Trump responded on Twitter: "Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

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