EU official mocks Trump with viral Merkel photo: 'Just tell us what Vladimir has on you'

A top European Union official mocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE on Sunday with a tweet suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has incriminating information on Trump.

Guy Verhofstaft, the European Parliament’s representative in Brexit negotiations and a former prime minister of Belgium, shared a now-viral photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel staring down President Trump during a meeting at the Group of Seven summit in Canada.


“Just tell us what Vladimir has on you,” Verhofstadt wrote. “Maybe we can help.”

The photo, first posted Saturday by Merkel’s office, quickly went viral, with many social media users pointing out the apparent tension between the two leaders.

Verhofstadt’s tweet comes amid a tumultuous 24 hours since Trump’s departure from the G-7 summit.

Though Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that all seven leaders had signed on to a joint statement, Trump withdrew his support in a tweet criticizing Trudeau over the two leaders’ trade dispute.

After Trump left the summit, Trudeau in a news conference criticized the president’s tariffs on Canada, saying it was “insulting” that they were implemented on the basis of national security and vowing to retaliate.

Trump and his aides have since engaged in a war of words with Canadian officials. The comments drawing the most attention came from Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro, who said there was “a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.”