G-7 Officials Toil Through Night to Paper Over Differences

Angela Merkel looks down at Donald Trump

Like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against us tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, in line with World Trade Organisation rules, Merkel said. Highlighting that the document is still "legally-binding" as far as Germany is concerned, Merkel said she would uphold it but her patience after Trump's about-face had worn thin.

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. Those tensions boiled over during the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the group of industrialized nations' communique. But it won't solve the differences, particularly on trade, with the European Union moving toward retaliatory tariffs from July on key US goods.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron had what was described by a French official as a "very cordial" discussion about trade and North Korea. Shinzo Abe of Japan looks on with a world-weary expression.

Trump was especially "strong" towards Trudeau, ranting about agriculture, and Merkel.

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again". Kudlow admitted to CNN on Sunday that Trump had "compromised on the communique" but changed his mind later, seeing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's appear vindicated after the summit.

Allowing Russia back into the G-7 is an unpopular idea among the other countries. "They don't take our farm products", Trump complained at the news conference.

Mr Trump revoked his administration's support for the G-7 communique after Mr Trudeau's news conference.

The US leader has blasted Europeans, Germany above all, for failing to spend enough on their own defence, claiming they are taking advantage of US military power. Trump cited unfair trade and tariffs from Canada, a longtime United States ally, as one of the reasons he refused to back the joint statement.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seated together at a G7 working dinner in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. "International cooperation cannot depend on anger or small words".

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