This photo of Donald Trump perfectly captures tensions with world leaders
The 44th G7 summit occurred earlier this week, and things probably could have gone a little better. This year's two-day event saw seven world leaders meet in Quebec, Canada to tackle vital issues, something that was always going to be tense, given the Trump administration's recent actions.
After Trump's controversial decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium, things were getting heated. Other members of the group were angered this week as he refused to back down these decisions, so it didn't help that he requested to reinstate Russia in the summit - and even left early for a meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un.
During his final news conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred to the US President's stance as "insulting" after the long history of co-operation between their countries - adding that his nation "will not be pushed around".
This angered Trump, who took to Twitter rather than a press conference (as is his policy it seems) to strike back at Trudeau. He wrote:
"Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!"
This tweet was followed up with a second, which read:
"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.’
"Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"
It wasn't just Canada that was unhappy with the US' recent actions either. UK Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her "deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the US to apply tariffs to EU steel and aluminium imports" at the meeting.
Soon after, German Chancellor Angela Murkel's team took to social media to post a photo of the meeting, which doesn't exactly look like a unified front. "Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions," the caption reads.
The photo was also posted on Twitter by Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s spokesman, and credited it to the official German government photographer, Jesco Denzel.
We can see Merkel speaking to Trump, along with Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Larry Kudlow, Trump’s economic adviser (far left), and the US National Security Adviser John Bolton are also featured.
The internet quickly picked up on the photo, pointing out how much the body language of the image shows about the state of summit.
In an interesting twist, one man pointed out that the same moment was captured at various different angles. Each different team showed the same moment in a different way.
It seems that in this particular debate, no one is backing down yet - but in the meantime, it looks like we've got a contender for 'photo of 2018' already.