Monday, June 11, 2018

An Iconic Photo

By now POTUS is in Singapore, but the echoes of the Canadian G6+1 Summit are still resounding.

Here is the iconic picture. POTUS like a stubborn child sitting at a table complaining to Summit participants standing around him that America is "like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing.” His newest compelling argument defending protective tariffs on “national security grounds” had been put into POTUS’s head by Security Advisor John Bolton, the guy with the open mouth and mustache.

On the photo, you will recognize Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, flanked by Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japanese deputy chief cabinet secretary, an expert in trade, and Kazuyuki Yamazaki, Japanese senior deputy minister for foreign affairs. The Europeans stand united from right to left: Angela Merkel, federal chancellor, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, and Theresa May, UK prime minister.

Here the scene seen from another, the French angle covering Merkel but placing Macron in full view.

All photos are ©AP except this one ©French Presidency
Was it Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau entering the scene who had told a joke? On the left is Larry Kudlow, director of the US National Economic Council who had put into POTUS’s head that eliminating all tariffs between G7 nations was the "best way to promote economic growth".

Here are more photos:

POTUS kept the ladies waiting at the breakfast table
Still in perfect harmony?
Ici on parle le Fran├žais
POTUS doesn't seem amused by Merkel's proposals
Leaving in anger for Singapore
In an interview back home Angela told her people that she had made Trump a proposal to avoid the next escalation stage in the dispute over penalty tariffs on German cars. The US should examine whether these imports really are a strategic weakening of the country. In return, Europe could check whether the US tariffs would also bring about a strategic weakening. Before unilateral action is taken, the strategic impact of such measures should be discussed.

I think the US resident won‘t give a hoot about Merkel’s proposai when he takes his decision on car tariffs. About Angela’s remark that the US had acted illegally with respect to the rules of the World Trade Organization POTUS won‘t give a damn, either.

Merkel finished her interview, "It's not a pretty thing. I was talking about disillusionment; it’s meaning a lot for me."

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