“Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions."


As President Donald Trump faced off against US allies over trade at this weekend's Group of Seven summit in Canada, internet meme-makers were hard at work capturing the tense mood. 


The images, some altered and others au naturel, made the rounds on social media during and after heads of the world's seven biggest economies met Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec. 


The politicians smiled for the cameras on Friday. But some internet users took artistic liberties to illustrate the tensions behind the scenes. 

No doctoring was needed on a photo of Trump mashed hand after a handshake Friday with French President Emanuel Macron, who has pushed back on Trump's upending of global agreements, including the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. 

An instantly iconic image posted to the German chancellor's Twitter account Saturday showed Angela Merkel standing over Trump, her hands planted firmly on a table, as the president sat smirking with his arms crossed in a chair. 


The accompanying caption read: “Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions."

Trump critics saw in the photo -- which some compared to a Renaissance painting -- a symbol of how Trump's "America First" politics has threatened US ties with some of its most important global partners. The other six leaders reportedly confronted Trump at the meeting over his decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum products, which experts said could hurt the US economy. 


Trump on Saturday told reporters that the United States was done serving as "the piggy bank that everybody's robbing." At the same time, he suggested Russia be reinstated as a member of the G7. 

One Reddit user juxtaposed the image with one of a more seemingly collaborative meeting of the countries' leaders hosted in 2012 by President Barack Obama.

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However, Trump supporters on the platform celebrated the Merkel moment as Trump fulfilling his promises to stand up to global elites on behalf of American workers.

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Another photo caught Trump walking in late to Saturday's gender equality breakfast, prompting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the host of the summit, to complain of "stragglers." 

Merkel, with whom Trump has had a famously contentious relationship, did not appear impressed. 

Trump departed the Canadian resort town, skipping climate-change discussions, and headed to Singapore to prep for his Tuesday meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He told reporters that the summit was not contentious and called his relationship with G7 allies a “10”. 


He also said eliminating all trade barriers would be “the ultimate thing.”


But hours later, from aboard Air Force One Saturday, Trump did away with diplomatic niceties. In  response to Trudeau announcing in a press conference that Canada would introduce retaliatory sanctions against the United States, he tweeted the he would no longer sign a statement with the other G7 leaders, threatened to step up his trade war on Canada and Mexico, and called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak."