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Look What Merkel Just Admitted About The G-7

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Angela Merkel thought President Trump’s action was “depressing” and the “situation” was not “very nice” at the G-7. Merkel joins Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron who thought the summit did not go very well.

BERLIN — At the end of a long weekend of rhetorical salvos over the G7 summit’s chaotic ending, German Chancellor Angela Merkel added her voice to the chorus, saying she found Donald Trump’s actions “sobering and a bit depressing,” while calling for more civility in international exchanges.

“The situation isn’t very nice,” Merkel told German public television in a lengthy interview. “I don’t think that ratcheting up the rhetoric is going to improve things.”

While Merkel, who has been frustrated over the past year by Trump’s decision to withdraw from international agreements including the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, said she intends to engage the president, she voiced a deepening disappointment over her failure to win him over to her point of view.

“Sometimes I get the impression that the U.S. president believes that only one side wins and the other loses,” Merkel said, adding that she believes in “win-win” situations.

Her comments, which echo those of France’s Emmanuel Macron and others, highlight a growing transatlantic estrangement that Europe insists it doesn’t want but has been powerless to stop.

Merkel’s comments followed Trump’s abrupt decision via Twitter early Sunday to cancel his support for the just-agreed G7 communiqué, apparently out of anger over comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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