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Ian Bremmer: Trump tossed candy to Merkel at G-7, said ‘don’t say I never gave you anything’

The Hill logo The Hill 6/20/2018 Aris Folley

Shinzo Abe et al. standing in a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill President Trump reportedly tossed Starburst candies to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his tense meeting with Group of Seven (G-7) leaders weeks ago, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer said Wednesday.

While appearing on CBS News, Bremmer painted a grim picture of Trump and Merkel's relationship amid heighted conflict between the president and other G-7 members over his steep steel and aluminum tariffs and suggestion that Russia be reinstated into the group.

Bremmer went on to describe a bizarre incident towards the end of the summit when Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined some of other the allies "to press Trump directly to sign the [group] communiqué, that talked about the commitment to a rules-based international order."

"Trump was sitting there with his arms crossed, clearly not liking the fact that they were ganging up on him," Bremmer said to news outlet. "He eventually agreed and said OK he'll sign it. And at that point, he stood up, put his hand in his pocket, his suit jacket pocket, and he took two Starburst candies out, threw them on the table and said to Merkel, 'Here, Angela. Don't say I never give you anything.'"

"The relationship is about as dysfunctional as we've seen between America and its major allies since the transatlantic relationship really started after World War II," Bremmer continued.

Shortly after the summit, Trump refused to endorse the joint communique signed by the other G-7 members, rebuking Trudeau and threatening to impose further tariffs on the country. The president also earned a rebuttal from Merkel on Tuesday after he criticized her country's immigration system, falsely claiming crime was in her country is on the rise.

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