Europe will implement counter measures against United States tariffs on steel and aluminium

Europe will implement counter measures against United States tariffs on steel and aluminium

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", Merkel said.

She conceded in an interview on German public television Sunday that the meeting's outcome "wasn't a great thing".

Trudeau's office cast doubt over the genuineness of Trump's offense at the prime minister's remarks, pointing out that Trudeau's messages simply reiterated his position before the summit, that he will oppose attempts to bully Canada on trade.

But it won't solve the differences, particularly on trade, with the European Union moving toward retaliatory tariffs from July on key USA goods.

In return, Mr Trump made the French president his guest at his first White House state dinner, after which the USA president said of his visitor: "I like him a lot".

Tensions between the USA and the European Union saw the G7 summit end in chaos after Mr Trump refused to sign the joint statement of world leaders.

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Europe will implement counter measures against United States tariffs on steel and aluminium

Despite Mr Trump's actions, the UK, France and Germany have insisted they will stand by the commitments made at the summit.

"I have spoken of a sobering experience, which for me is a lot", she added. "And that's why we need to increase our defense spending", Merkel said.

Trump's comments on Twitter that the United States is the one being treated unfairly sparked outrage in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Canada, which came to a head after the United States president used the social media platform - his preferred method of venting often unfiltered and highly dubious claims against his domestic and global counterparts - that he was backing out of the joint communique and subsequently torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the ongoing trade dispute between Washington and its main partners in the seven-decade-old Euro-Atlantic alliance. 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. In the run-up to the G7 summit, Trump continued to rile up his fellow world leaders with accusations of unfair trade practices, provoking angry responses from both Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, who even suggested that the G7 could fare as the G6, without the U.S. if need be.

There was much speculation at the G7 summit about whether the leaders would be able to agree on enough to issue a joint communiqué, given serious differences over trade and climate change policies. The EU also won't be "taken for a ride" in its trade conflict with the United States, she said.

According to Merkel, the return of Russian Federation in the G8 format is possible with visible progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The G-8 was downgraded back to a G-7 following Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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