G7 photos of Trump: There's more than Merkel's stare down

G7 photos of Trump: There's more than Merkel's stare down

G7 photos of Trump: There's more than Merkel's stare down

While making no direct criticism of Mr Trump, Mrs May told MPs: "This was a hard summit with, at times, some very candid discussions, but the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face".

Asked about Trump's threat to target United States 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.

In an interview with ABC, Trump said the image was "such an innocent picture".

Jeremy Corbyn said Donald Trump was to blame for the summit's "failure".

The G7 summit, which brought together world leaders from Germany, Japan, Canada, the US, Italy, France and the United Kingdom, was held in Charlevoix, Quebec, in Canada, over the weekend.

Like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, in line with World Trade Organisation rules, Merkel said.

Multilateral action was needed to prevent "tit-for-tat" reprisals, she said, adding that the concerns of countries about unfair trade practices must be "addressed not ignored". "Instead, we act then too", Merkel said in an unusually combative tone.

Merkel described the joint communiqué Trump refused to sign, despite America's co-authorship, as "arduously negotiated".

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Expectations for a breakthrough at the summit, however, are low, with US allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues.

Asked if she was concerned that Trump could retaliate against European Union counter-measures by imposing tariffs on cars, Merkel said: "First of all, we'll try and see if we can prevent this".

As befits his role as annual chairman of the G-7, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's picture is taken from the side, impartially showing Mr Trump dealing with his counterparts as equals.

"We have spent two days to secure a text and commitments".

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.

"Anyone who leaves with their backs turned away shows incoherence and inconsistency", a French official said on condition of anonymity.

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