German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a new interview Sunday that the European Union (EU) would follow Canada’s move and forge ahead with its plan to implement counter-measures in response to President Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc.
“We won’t allow ourselves be ripped off again and again. We will act too,” Merkel told German broadcaster ARD.
The chancellor also addressed concerns that Trump would hit back by implementing new tariffs on German vehicles, saying, “We will try to see if we can stop this from happening… And then hopefully the EU will respond again in the same unified way.”
Her comments came amid the escalating fallout from a contentious meeting between Trump and other world leaders at the Group of Seven (G-7) Summit in Canada over the weekend.
Trump left the meeting between the world’s leading industrialized countries with a warning to U.S. allies, saying that if they don’t remove trade barriers with the U.S. then they will face consequences.
Later on Saturday, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all seven nations had signed a joint communique at the end of the summit, Trump angrily lashed out on Twitter, stating the U.S. would not endorse the statement.
His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Merkel to criticize the U.S. president’s handling of the matter.
“The withdrawal by tweet is of course sobering and a bit depressing,” she said.
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