German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that Donald Trump’s announcement of a backlash from the G7 summit statement was “somewhat disappointing.”
“This is harsh, this is disappointing this time, but it is not the end of the G7,” Merkel said in an interview with ARD television.
“That’s frustrating, and that’s saying a lot to me,” she said, sarcastic about her usual reservation.
German Finance Minister Haikou Mas responded to the US president, saying his tweets destroyed “a tremendous amount of confidence.”
“I do not think it is the end of the transatlantic relationship,” she said. “The cancellation of the statement is a decisive step, but the United States is a democratic country.”
Asked about Trump’s threat to raise tariffs on imported European cars to the United States, which is a strategic market for Germany, the chancellor said she hoped to form a common European front.
“We have to think about what we should do,” Merkel said. “I hope we will act collectively, as we have done so far,” in the face of US taxes on importing steel and aluminum from European countries.
European countries are expected to impose countermeasures on July 1.