Merkel: G7 agree on commitment to rules-based trade

Merkel: G7 agree on commitment to rules-based trade

But I feel really confident", Trump said of Monday's meeting, which is the first between a North Korean leader and sitting USA president, "It's never been done, It's never been tested.

"We don't want to stand alone in the world", Feinstein said on CNN's State of the Union. "The differences in opinion have not been taken off the table".

Mr Trump on Saturday threw the G-7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Mr Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.

The informal annual gathering of seven advanced economies is attended by leaders from the US, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Italy and Canada.

Mr Trudeau said: "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around".

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In her first takeaway from the contentious meeting, Merkel expressed consternation about the USA president's backtracking on the summit's final statement, while emphasizing that she'll keep talking with Trump. For the Continent to succeed in becoming less dependent on the U.S., European countries would have to become "more loyal" to the EU, which had to develop "its own strategic culture".

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In his earlier interview, Kudlow said he personally negotiated with Trudeau during the two-day G7 summit in Quebec and insisted the US agreed to the language in the communique in good faith.

The crucial G7 Summit, hosted in Canada's Quebec this year, ended in a disarray after US President Donald Trump, enraged over the press conference given by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, refused to endorse the summit's joint communiqué on Saturday.

President Donald Trump, right, talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the family photo during the G7 Summit, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.

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"Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions." .

The US president argued that the invasion and annexation happened a long time ago and that a G8 (G7 plus Russia) makes more sense than the G7. "He was the one who let Crimea get away - that was during his administration", he said, adding: "Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russian Federation to take Crimea".

"The continuation of sanctions is clearly linked to Russia's failure to demonstrate complete implementation of its commitments in the Minsk Agreements and respect for Ukraine's sovereignty", it said.

European G7 members also expressed solidarity with Trudeau.

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