Different photos show different points of view on G7 summit

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By Emma Beswick
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As the G7 summit drew to a close on Saturday and Trump sped off in the direction of Singapore, one photo summed up the conference which was marred by a trade row.


As the G7 summit drew to a close on Saturday and Trump sped off in the direction of Singapore, photos of one meeting appeared to sum up the conference, which saw leaders divided over a trade row.

The administrations of five G7 heads of state shared images of the encounter that took place in a packed room with leaders separated from Trump, who is the only one seated, by a table.

However, the angle and moment at which the photograph was taken tell five very different stories.


Arguably the most viral of the five photos, an image shared from the official account of German Chancellor Angela Merkel shows six of the G7 leaders stood crowded around documents on a table, while US president is sat with his arms crossed.

The leaders of Japan, Germany, France and the UK all appear in the picture, locked in conversation and the atmosphere looks tense.


The official photographer for Justin Trudeau caught the exchange from a similar angle but the situation looks a lot more relaxed.

Merkel still has the same stance with her hands on the table but she is smiling, as are Trudeau and Trump.

Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via REUTERS


White House Press Secretary Sarah Saunders posted black and white images of the meeting on Twitter that showed Trump sitting back in his chair and one in which he is taking to the other leaders.

Also included in the album were photos showing Trump greeting other G7 members, including one where he has his hands on UK Prime Minister Theresa May's shoulders as she smiles at him.


Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shared a photo showing the packed room from a viewpoint behind Trump and said he was working "to represent and defend Italian interests".


President of France Emmanuel Macron also posted an image of the meeting in which he appears to be gesturing passionately with his left hand.

The leaders Saturday evening released their yearly joint communique, which President Trump later pulled out of.

The US president lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau describing his Canadian counterpart as "very dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said the US metals tariffs were "insulting."

Trump said in a press conference earlier on Saturday afternoon that the United States required fair access to markets and an end to unfair trade practices.

"It's going to stop, or we'll stop trading with them," the president said. "If they retaliate, they're making a mistake."

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