As per usual, Angela Merkel has no time for Donald Trump's nonsense. On Saturday, the German Chancellor shared a striking photo of the G7 summit on Instagram that prominently showed her and other world leaders gathered around Trump. SEE ALSO: Macron straight-up turned Trump's skin white with intense G7 handshake The U.S. president is seated with his arms crossed, while Merkel, and other world leaders (all standing, BTW) are seen staring down at him. Needless to say, everyone in the photo looks visibly tense. Arms are folded, hands are on the table, and people definitely noticed.
President Trump hit back at criticisms over his interactions with world leaders at the G7 summit last weekend in Canada, claiming Friday on Twitter that the "fake news media" were "once again, WRONG!" "I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel of Germany, but the Fake News Media only shows the bad photos (implying anger) of negotiating an agreement - where I am asking for things that no other American President would ask for," the president wrote alongside a series of photos that showed smiling interactions with the German chancellor and other leaders. I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel of Germany, but the Fake News Media only shows the bad photos (implying anger) of negotiating an agreement - where I am asking for things that no other American President would ask for! Those images were in stark contrast to a viral photo of Trump at the summit which showed what appeared to be a frustrated Merkel leaning in toward the president and national security advisor John Bolton. Trump, smirking, had his arms crossed in the photo. During the event the president agreed to participate in a group statement on trade - only to reverse course after Trudeau criticized Trump's tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference.
It was always slated to be a tense and awkward G7 summit and an Instagram post from the official account of German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to have captured one of those moments. Here's a who's who of the people pictured, and where they stand on the trade row: Mr Trump shocked America's allies - namely the EU, Mexico and Canada - when he recently announced a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from these countries. They are all threatening retaliatory measures and the rift overshadowed the summit leaving the American president isolated at times. Mr Trump departed early, complaining that America was "like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing". But his relationship with fellow G7 leaders was at "10 out of 10".
Talks at the G7 summit in Canada have failed to resolve deep differences between US President Donald Trump and leaders of major industrial nations. The divisions were laid bare on Friday, notably over trade. Allies of the US are furious over Mr Trump's recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, raising fears of a global trade war. It is unclear whether a communique agreed by all will be released when the meeting concludes later on Saturday. The two-day summit is being held in the town of La Malbaie, in Quebec province.
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is visiting Europe in an effort to bolster ties and put on a united front with EU leaders in the wake of a tit-for-tat trade war that has broken out between the US and China. On Friday, Washington imposed tariffs of $34bn on Chinese goods. Beijing quickly responded with countermeasures. But as US President Donald Trump threatened even more tariffs, Li headed to Bulgaria for a trade summit where he discussed China's lowering import trade tariffs with Central and Eastern European leaders. Li is now in Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before a summit with European leaders that he will host in Beijing next week.