Merkel: G7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering, depressing’ experience
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Merkel: G7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering, depressing’ experience

German chancellor admits outcome from the meeting between leaders of industrial nations 'wasn't a great thing,' reaffirms Europeans will act against US trade measures

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and US President Donald Trump speak together following the Family photo on the first day of the G7 Summit, in La Malbaie, Canada, on 8 June, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP)
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and US President Donald Trump speak together following the Family photo on the first day of the G7 Summit, in La Malbaie, Canada, on 8 June, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP)

FRANKFURT, Germany — German Chancellor Angela Merkel found the contentious Group of Seven summit with US President Donald Trump a “sobering” and “depressing” experience but said European leaders won’t be “taken advantage of” on trade.

She conceded in an interview on German public television Sunday that the meeting’s outcome “wasn’t a great thing.”

“I have spoken of a sobering experience, which for me is a lot,” she added.

Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the other leaders clashed with Trump over steel and aluminum tariffs as well as his decision to abandon a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

The group managed a common statement in which they agreed to disagree on some issues, only to have Trump disavow the document in a tweet after leaving the meeting.

Merkel said that “taking it back by tweet was of course sobering and also a little depressing.”

She said the European Union would “act” against the US trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization.

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