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Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

Merkel Blasts Trump for 'Withdrawal by Tweet' From G7 Statement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP)

By    |   Sunday, 10 June 2018 10:28 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel harshly criticized President Donald Trump's decision to renege on the G7 joint statement, telling Germany's Anne Will talk show on Sunday that "the withdrawal by tweet" is "sobering and a bit depressing as well."

Merkel praised the G7 joint statement as a "laboriously negotiated" document and insisted that "I don't think that inflammatory language makes things better," according to a translation of the show provided by RT.

The German chancellor bemoaned that "Sometimes it seems that the American president thinks that only one side wins and everyone else loses," apparently referring to Trump's barbs directed against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Describing her impression from Trump's behavior at the summit as "disillusionment," Merkel said that "we will not allow ourselves to be deceived again and again" and that Europe will not permit the American president to do "whatever he pleases."

However, Merkel said it is too early to give up entirely on the United States and "There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping a close transatlantic partnership], even though we cannot just rely on it anymore."

Merkel sidestepped giving a clear answer when asked if Berlin will stop viewing Washington as an "important partner," saying that she would continue efforts to achieve compromises through dialogue and "go her own way" if those discussions fail to bring any results.

The German leader also reiterated that said she is not ready to "give up on G7" but at the same time would seek dialogue with Russia and try to "work very closely" with Japan, Canada, India and China.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel harshly criticized President Donald Trump's decision to renege on the G7 joint statement, telling Germany's Anne Will talk show on Sunday that "the withdrawal by tweet" is "sobering and a bit depressing as well." Merkel praised the G7 joint...
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