Merkel-Trump photos reveal power play at tense G7

Merkel-Trump photos reveal power play at tense G7

To many social media users, the picture was worth more than "a thousand words" while several others had a deeper interpretation of the photograph. National Security Adviser John Bolton and other aides also look on what appears to be a tense moment.

"Day two of the G-7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions", part of the German leader's caption stated in English.

U.S. president Donald Trump put the cat among the pigeons from the start of the G7 summit in Quebec, suggesting that former member Russian Federation should be reinstated. This puts him in a difficult position - he has tried hard to cultivate a warm relationship with President Trump and the two are said to have met at least 10 times since he was elected to the White House.

The G7 - an informal annual summit of democracies with highly developed economies - took place on Friday and Saturday in the Quebec resort town of Charlevoix in Canada, which holds the rotating leadership this year.

Macron left his mark on Trump's hand after a firm handshake
Image:Emmanuel Macron left his mark on Donald Trump’s hand after a firm handshake

One showed marks left on Mr Trump's hand. In the photo, Macron is looking directly at the president and gesturing. "After a long day of work and very direct dialogue, we are actively seeking an ambitious agreement", an English translation of Macron's tweet reads.

She points to demands by Trump for Europe to pay more for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, his exit from the Paris climate agreement, conflicts over trade and his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last month.

Asked about Trump's threat to target United States tariffs against cars - a vital industry for Germany which supports over 800,000 jobs - "we will have to think again about what we'll do", Merkel said.

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