Merkel: G7 agree on commitment to rules-based trade

Chancellor has criticized the US withdrawal from the final declaration of the G7 summit

However the Federal Government stick to the paper it was decided and legally valid

Most of the foreign leaders at the summit had hoped to use the meeting to confront Trump about new tariffs he is imposing on imports, but instead found themselves reacting to Trump's Russian Federation comments and bombastic Twitter posts. One of the president's arguments for the tariffs is on "national security grounds" - a view Mr Bolton has stridently backed.

The EU has already said it will announce counter-measures against Trump's metals tariffs on Jul 1.

Merkel also noted that now there is no possibility for Russian Federation to return to the G8 group, but said she supported talks with Russian Federation, saying dialogue is always important. "I would say the relationship is a 10", Trump said.

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Macron also tweeted Saturday a photo of the other leaders and aides surrounding Trump, who was one of just two people sitting.

In a telephone call last week, Mrs May told President Trump she found the United States tariffs "unjustified and deeply disappointing".

Trump departed early from the Quebec meeting on Saturday to head to Singapore for his summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

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

French President Macron tweeted an image taken at about the same time as the photo, but from a different angle, showing just how densely packed the G7 leaders and their assistants were as they gathered around President Trump.

The two-day summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, ended in disarray after Trump said the USA wouldn't endorse the joint communique, and insulted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Some felt it was this power dynamic that Merkel's photo perfectly captured.

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