Trump announced in March that he was imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, but he temporarily granted a waiver to U.S allies like Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and also to China, as his administration said trade talks were continuing.
In her dealings with Macron and other leaders, Janning said, Merkel has been attempting "to at least keep the consensus among the other countries intact".
Earlier, Trump tweeted that traditional allies Canada and France were "charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". "That's the best option we have today", Macron told reporters.
Aides are concerned that Trump may not agree to the joint statement that is typically put out by the participating countries at the end of the summit, according to The Post. Ask some people in Canada and they would very much feel it was their war, marked by American aggression.
The US President has made it clear he sees the gathering of the leaders of the world's seven biggest economies as a distraction and has not arranged any bilateral meetings amid the continuing row over his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium.
CEA Chair Kevin Hassett, whose office is responsible for the internal analysis, avoided answering numerous questions about economic effects of Trump's tariffs during a White House press briefing on Tuesday.
It also comes hours after Trudeau said that it is "inconceivable and quite frankly insulting" that the Trump administration would invoke national security in justifying the tariffs.
According to CNN, the comments came during a call between Trump and Trudeau discussing U.S. Given that Trump doesn't even know the words to God Bless America, I think it's safe to say that this line was exactly as dumb and ill-informed as it sounds*. Soldiers reportedly sat down to eat a meal made of leftover food from the White House scullery using White House dishes and silver before ransacking the presidential mansion and setting it ablaze.