Enduring Image of the G7: Merkel Staring Down Trump

German chancellor's Instagram account posts photo of tense leaders at summit
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
Enduring Image of the G7: Merkel Staring Down Trump
In this photo made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with President Trump during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.   (Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government via AP)

Amid the inevitable landslide of photos that emerges from any G7 summit, there's one in particular from the latest contentious such event that's raising some eyebrows, and it comes courtesy of the German chancellor's official Instagram account. In it, Angela Merkel sternly stares down President Trump as world leaders including Emmanuel Macron and Shinzo Abe look on. "If a picture is worth 1,000 words, Angela Merkel has some thoughts," muses USA Today, while the Washington Post notes the stark difference between this photo and the posed photos released by the White House. "The disparity prompted some to wonder: Was Merkel—or someone on her staff—trolling the U.S. president?" Though the photo might appear to summarize the tense summit, the AP notes that another photo of the leaders from the same meeting "suggests a much more relaxed interaction." (More Angela Merkel stories.)

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