Photo: Tense Times At The G7 Summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces off with Donald Trump
(Image via Instagram)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel posted the above pic to her Instagram account this morning showing what was clearly a tense moment between Donald Trump and the other leaders of the G7 summit.

The caption read, “Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions.”

The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

As has been reported extensively, Trump went into the meetings with tensions already high over proposed trade issues.

From The New York Times:

The president also repeatedly made clear his level of anger about the longstanding trade policies that he said have hurt America’s workers and undermined the country’s national security by weakening America’s “balance sheet.”

Mr. Trump said that the United States continues to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, which he has said is one of the worst trade deals that the United States ever agreed to.

On Saturday, he said that the United States might have to negotiate separate trade deals with Mexico and Canada if they can’t reach a three-way agreement to make the broader trade agreement fair for Americans.

Trump Calls For Reinstating Russia To The ‘Group Of 7’ Nations

Heading to Canada today for the annual G7 summit,Donald Trump has called for reinstating Russia to the ‘Group of 7’ nations.

Russia was ousted four years ago from the group of leading industrial countries after invading Crimea and they haven’t left.

Why reward Putin and pals for nothing?

From The New York Times:

“Russia should be in this meeting,” Mr. Trump said. “Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting? And I would recommend — and it’s up to them, but Russia should be in the meeting, it should be a part of it. You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G-7 — which used to be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”

Russia joined the group in the 1990s after emerging from the wreckage of the Soviet Union, making it the G-8, but its armed intervention in its neighbor Ukraine in 2014 and seizure of the Crimean peninsula angered other major powers. The remaining members, led by President Barack Obama, expelled it in a sign of global resolve not to let international borders be redrawn by force.

Mr. Trump offered no specific reasoning for why Russia should be let back in even though it retains control of Crimea and has not lived up to an international agreement to end its intervention in eastern Ukraine.

Man, Trump sure is loyal to the country that elected him.