"I'll tell you very openly and deeply seriously, if we don't manage to form a common response to illegal immigration, then certain foundations of the European Union will be placed in question", Merkel said, citing freedom of movement across the EU's borders.
The image, which drew comparisons to a Baroque painting, shows Merkel standing at the center of the frame leaning across a table before a seated Trump, his arms crossed in defiance. The official said disagreements remain, particularly with the US on a number of issues, but the goal remains to reach agreement on all the big issues.
Trump made promoting American interests in worldwide trade his primary goal for the G7 summit, often to the detriment of diplomatic niceties. In one picture, while the former United States president is seen engaging in talks with the experts, in the other picture he can be seen sharing a light moment with Angela Merkel with watching the European soccer match.
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Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the USA leader. Pushed about whether USA troop numbers would be on the agenda in Singapore , Mattis replied , "I don't believe it is".
"So we won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again".
Trump revoked his administration's support for the G-7 communique after Trudeau's news conference.
"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" the President continued.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose office for the first time in the history of the republic has reportedly ordered an overhaul of Germany's USA policy, went further. The EU also won't be "taken for a ride" in its trade conflict with the USA, she said.
On Russia's possible return to the G7, Merkel said she could imagine it in the future but that the conditions had to be right for that.