France, Germany making progress on euro zone roadmap: French minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during a news conference in the chancellery in Berlin Germany

That wrestling cry would have been an apt announcement at the G-7 summit, what with the USA and other heads of state at each other's throats using the thrust and parry of rude remarks and social media to pummel each other. Instead of fighting big battles with Trump, his counterparts were angling for a baseline of agreement that might be as low as an acknowledgment of the important role of the G-7.

Trump's tweets appeared to single out Trudeau, alleging he was "very dishonest & weak" in a series of Twitter posts as he backed out of the joint statement on fair trade, saying it should now be called "fool trade".

Earlier today, Mr Trump took to Twitter to launch an angry attack against his key allies saying the U.S. "paid close to the entire cost of NATO" to help countries that "rip us off on trade". "We were talking while we were waiting for the final copy of the document", the president said.

Merkel singled out Macron's hope for a jointly managed investment budget of "one or two percent of gross domestic product" in the single currency area as overambitious. "No more. (photo by @RegSprecher)", crediting Merkel's spokesman's account for the image for good measure.

Last year, the United States president was wowed by a French military parade in Paris after being invited to join Mr Macron for his country's annual Bastille Day celebrations.

When the German press team responded, they brought the big guns. The photo showcases the chancellor with her hands placed on the table facing a seated Donald Trump.


Italian premier Giuseppe Conte's version was relatively humble, perhaps reflecting that he has been in the job for less than a week.

The picture has since gone viral on the internet, and Trump raised it himself at the news conference after he was asked about his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It did not end with the photos - next came the sudden about turns and the rude remarks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel watches as President Donald Trump talks with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde during the Gender Equality Advisory Council breakfast during the G-7 summit, June 9, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.

Another image of the same gathering however suggests a more relaxed interaction, with Merkel smiling and Trump making eye contact.

The European Union must develop "a joint strategic culture", she added, "otherwise Europe will be ground up in a world with very strong poles" of power elsewhere.

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