EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminum: Merkel

EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminum: Merkel

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.

As per a Deutsche Welle report, Merkel, in her first interview after the summit, called Trump's statement as "a little depressing" and termed the G7 communique as an "arduously negotiated" one.

Trump cited unfair trade and tariffs from Canada, a longtime U.S. ally, as one of the reasons he refused to back the joint statement.

Trade was a massive issue at this year's summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump butting heads. Asked by reporters whether he would relent on tariffs, Trump looked at Merkel and said: "I don't know".

In the photo, Merkel, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are standing around a table where Trump was seated with his arms folded.

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Merkel to criticize the US president's handling of the matter. "We agree that a return by Russian Federation to the G-7 format can not happen as long as there isn't any substantial progress in regard to the problems with Ukraine", said Merkel, CNN reported.

Trump later reacted to the photo, saying it was captured during a discussion that was "unrelated to anything".

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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 U.S. is a less reliable partner.

"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.

Trump, who is in Singapore for negotiations with North Korea, continued to rip into USA trading partners late Sunday night Eastern Time, repeating complaints about the USA trade deficit and contributions to NATO.

Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for instance, has insisted that tax payers in richer European Union member states should not end up paying for government failures in poorer ones.

The German leader said she had no idea of Donald Trump's motive for suggesting to revive the G8 format.

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