Merkel-Trump photos reveal power play at tense G7

Merkel's official Instagram account hints at tension among G7 leaders

The photo first appeared on Merkel's official Instagram account around noon Saturday. The disparity prompted some to wonder: Was Merkel - or someone on her staff - trolling the US President? It puts Shinzo Abe in a difficult position - the Japanese premier 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. Mr Trump departed before the other leaders, and complained that America was "like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing".

U.S. President Donald Trump called earlier on Friday for Russian Federation to be brought back into the global grouping.

"This annual gathering typically is meant to display a show of unity, but Trump has forced a more combative tone, with messy public feuds breaking out over trade disputes". Italy's new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte later echoed the call in a post on Twitter.

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

Mrs Merkel's photo has taken off on social media, spawning all sorts of memes and amusing caption contests. To many, the picture was something more than "a thousand words". Angela and Emmanuel and Justin.

With as neutral an expression as possible, she stares directly at President Trump, who sits on the other side of the table.

Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership.

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