Merkel and Trump: A study in contrasting images from G-7

Merkel G-7 summit with Trump was a'sobering experience

Out of a hundred photos that were taken during the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada, this particular picture of stood out after it was surfaced on social media on Saturday.

The U.S. president is staring back, arms crossed, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on with his arms also crossed.

"Our companies have moved out and moved to Mexico and other countries, including Canada".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for restraint in dealing with Italy's new populist government, arguing that the relationship should not start with "suspicions and assumptions". Trump said the tariffs are necessary for national security.

The former engaged in a Twitter argument with Mr Trump this week over new USA tariffs on steel and aluminium which will affect the EU, Canada and Mexico.

The photo was tweeted by Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert.

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Before his departure to the Canadian summit on Friday, Trump told reporters that it would be right to revive the G8 format (G7 nations plus Russia), suspended in 2014.

And meme it the people did.

Fuller wasn't only one who saw echoes of one of America's preeminent early 20th-century painters and illustrators in the assortment of enigmatic facial expressions of a room full of the world's most powerful leaders.

"He arrived to the meeting late and left early, holding a solo news conference on Saturday morning where he gave the trade ultimatum and said the size of the USA economy means other nations can't win a trade war".

Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership.

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