Trump shares G-7 photos to prove he gets along with world leaders

Trump shares G-7 photos to prove he gets along with world leaders
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE on Friday tweeted photos of himself meeting with world leaders at last weekend's Group of Seven (G-7) summit, accusing news outlets of reporting incorrectly that he has a negative relationship with world leaders.

In a string of tweets, the president posted photographs showing him smiling alongside world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron at the summit.

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"I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel of Germany, but the Fake News Media only shows the bad photos (implying anger) of negotiating an agreement - where I am asking for things that no other American President would ask for!" Trump tweeted.

"The Fake News Media said that I did not get along with other Leaders at the #G7Summit in Canada. They are once again, WRONG!" he added in a second tweet.

Trump's tweets follow a viral photograph Merkel shared from the summit in which she can be seen looking sternly at Trump while standing over him across a table. Trump is seated in the photo with his arms crossed while others, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, appear to be watching Merkel.

The image, which many on social media interpreted as the general tone of the weekend's talks, was originally shared by Merkel's Instagram account with the caption "Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions."

Despite his claims of having a good relationship with the group's leaders, Trump sent shock waves among politicians and political allies after he and his aides lashed out at Trudeau after departing the summit, refusing to endorse the group's joint communique. 

“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around,’ ” the president tweeted while en route to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

“Very dishonest & weak,” he added. “Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”

The days leading up to the G-7 summit were marked by tensions between Trump and the French and Canadian leaders.

Trump exchanged sharp language with Macron and Trudeau on Twitter after the two had condemned Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. 

The clash intensified that Friday and Saturday after Trump issued repeated calls for Russia to be readmitted to the group — a suggestion that was only echoed by one other G-7 leader, newly elected Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

A poll released Friday revealed that most Americans doubt Trump's claims of good relationships with G-7 leaders, especially Trudeau.

More than half of Americans polled said Trump has a negative relationship with Trudeau, while 44 percent said the same about his relationship with Merkel, according to a Monmouth University poll.