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Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:12 PM

Merkel says she found contentious G-7 summit with Pres. Trump "sobering" and "depressing"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel found the contentious Group of Seven summit with U.S. President Donald Trump a "sobering" and "depressing" experience but said European leaders won't be "taken advantage of" on trade.

She conceded in an interview on German public television Sunday that the meeting's outcome "wasn't a great thing."

"I have spoken of a sobering experience, which for me is a lot," she added.

Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the other leaders clashed with Trump over steel and aluminum tariffs as well as his decision to abandon a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

The group managed a common statement in which they agreed to disagree on some issues, only to have Trump disavow the document in a tweet after leaving the meeting.

Merkel said that "taking it back by tweet was of course sobering and also a little depressing."

She said the European Union would "act" against the U.S. trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization.




https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/merkel-summit-trump-sobering-experience-55791797

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Reply Merkel says she found contentious G-7 summit with Pres. Trump "sobering" and "depressing" (Original post)
kpete Jun 2018 OP
tblue37 Jun 2018 #1
nature-lover Jun 2018 #2
MineralMan Jun 2018 #5
nature-lover Jun 2018 #8
catbyte Jun 2018 #6
still_one Jun 2018 #30
Iliyah Jun 2018 #3
bdamomma Jun 2018 #9
catbyte Jun 2018 #4
gratuitous Jun 2018 #7
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2018 #10
workinclasszero Jun 2018 #11
2naSalit Jun 2018 #12
trueblue2007 Jun 2018 #13
BigmanPigman Jun 2018 #14
RKP5637 Jun 2018 #24
Johnny2X2X Jun 2018 #15
lunamagica Jun 2018 #16
RKP5637 Jun 2018 #26
Hav Jun 2018 #27
KelleyKramer Jun 2018 #17
packman Jun 2018 #18
lagomorph777 Jun 2018 #21
SummerSnow Jun 2018 #19
The Mouth Jun 2018 #20
flying_wahini Jun 2018 #22
SWBTATTReg Jun 2018 #23
spanone Jun 2018 #25
rickyhall Jun 2018 #28
Cha Jun 2018 #29

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:16 PM

1. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:20 PM

2. Would love to know the real topic of discussion in the photo. Anyone?

I have seen a lot of great captions, but this looks like serious stuff. Sobering and depressing sums it up.

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Response to nature-lover (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:23 PM

5. Maybe Trump said, "We're America, bitch!"

Apparently, that's the White House's guiding principle:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210720872

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:31 PM

8. This guiding principle makes sense. It's akin to, "Because I said so!"

Strong, intelligent women do tend to tick him off.

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Response to nature-lover (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:24 PM

6. They were reportedly trying to discuss tariffs with the orange toddler.

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Response to nature-lover (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:42 PM

30. Demand that the Berlin Wall be put up again to help his good buddy putin

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:21 PM

3. And for us in the USA - dangerously

embarrassing.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:32 PM

9. not only embarassing for us

our standing in the world has been diminished by this wanna be dictator, the only one who is benefiting from this is Putin. tRump is doing Putin's bidding I really think it's all about the money and possibly the pee pee tape.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:23 PM

4. That petulant little boy is a menace to the planet, and I won't believe a goddamned word

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either one of those dick-taters say after this so-called "Historic Summit." They'll both spin it exactly to play to their cults. What a goddamned depressing week this is. And it's only Monday.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:30 PM

7. And world leaders, particularly our allies, get another demonstration

America cannot be trusted right now to keep its word. If you're depending on the United States to keep up its end of an agreement or a treaty or an informal obligation, you'd best change that. The United States is now the whimsical toy of an ignorant man-child with the attention span of a gnat and the ethics of Satan. Don't rely on us.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:35 PM

10. She's finding out what many of us who have known about Trump for yeare are aware of

He's a blithering idiot.

Sad that his supporters confuse stubbornness for strength.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:40 PM

11. Here's some more pics of the historic event



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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:42 PM

12. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 02:52 PM

13. Why we hate Trump



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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:21 PM

14. He will not leave his job quietly but kicking and screaming.

I can see him doing something dangerous, possibly permanent, to the country if he is forced out of office. Just look at him and his actions with these allies, he will destroy us in a heartbeat without any thought. He doesn't love this country, only himself. He is scaring me....his "crazy level" is rising quickly.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #14)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 05:46 PM

24. Yep, same concerns here. This situation is far more dangerous IMO than many Americans

realize or care to realize. I'm concerned that in the ensuing chaos as he melts down some of TPTB and/or others hope to make significant inroads in a power struggle to control the US.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:38 PM

15. If the world is smart

If our allies are smart, they're going to start forming alliances against America so they can protect themselves from the economic and eventually military aggression we're going to start showing.

We have a fascist regime running things and they are consolidating power, after they've done away with the legal system they'll seize our elections. But fascist regimes historically have never limited their power grabs to their own borders. Military aggression will most certainly be the result if Trump and his cabal stay in power long enough, and they will target our allies too.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:41 PM

16. Oh, how I dreamed of Merkel and Hillary meeting and discussing world matters

Things would be so different with Hillary there

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Response to lunamagica (Reply #16)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 05:48 PM

26. It is really depressing when I think of what could have been. This, is sickening. What is really

stunning/disgusting are republicans sitting on their asses in congress watching this happen.

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Response to lunamagica (Reply #16)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 06:07 PM

27. I think so too

It was said that Merkel preferred Clinton in 2008 (Obama was fresh and the unknown quantity back then). I guess that led to a rocky start with Obama but that relationship got better over the years. After the 2016 election, it's no secret that Merkel realized what was lost when Trump took over. You often only realize how much you value something after you've lost it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 05:43 PM

17. This is exactly why Putin purchased a US President


Putin is getting 1000% return on his money

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 10:08 AM

18. Plumb the word "sobering"

In other words, she came to realize that there was nothing positive she could take away from meeting El Cheeto. No hope for the future dealing with him or his cabal and they would have to stand alone.

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Response to packman (Reply #18)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 11:53 AM

21. Sobering indeed, but it makes me want to start drinking.

Scary to see Putin's puppet acting so brazenly. It doesn't help his legal case very much when he keeps colluding on TV.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 12:04 PM

19. He keeps talking about this picture. He says it was a nice conversation.lol

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 12:43 PM

20. It is amazingly difficult to find out the specifics

of how much the actual tariffs are now. Are we getting screwed or not?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 11:58 AM

22. Does anyone else think the ABC News picture looks photoshopped? What's up?

I keep noticing the size of Trump compared to the others and the sleeve of his suit. ?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:00 PM

23. And what gets me about this whole thing in erecting tariffs and the like is his ...

unilateral claim of national security interests vs. our best allies. How insulting.

What other things will he do in the name of national security? Postpone or cancel elections?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 05:47 PM

25. it's FUCKING DEPRESSING. DOWNER DON.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:55 PM

28. trump forgets

Europeans were trading thousands of years before America was discovered. There's nothing new in the world of trade.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:13 PM

29. We were already sobered... Sorry the Real Leaders

in the World had to mix with the Fraud Rigged in the oval office by the Russians.

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