But the levity couldn't mask a deep sense of unease that the end of the post-war era of transatlantic cooperation was nigh.
So with the internet being the internet - memes, paintings, and captions are happening.More news: Harry Kane says England will be 'aggressive and brave' at World Cup
However, Merkel said it is too early to give up entirely on the United States and "There are still good reasons to continue our fight [aimed at keeping a close transatlantic partnership], even though we can not just rely on it anymore".
Trump also incorrectly claimed that the photo was released by the United States team. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said that inviting Russian Federation back into the G-7 was "not something we are even remotely looking at".
"This looks like an episode of Celebrity Apprentice where Trump is about to fire Angela Merkel because her strudel marketing plan fell through", US-based comedian Tim Young tweeted.
"First of all, we'll try and see if we can prevent this".
Echoing Merkel's sentiments, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that "international cooperation can not depend on fits of anger and a few words", according to a statement published by French public broadcaster RFI.More news: Former PM Brian Mulroney predicts Trump’s anger at Trudeau will ‘dissipate’ quickly
In an in-depth interview with German broadcaster ARD, she said that the European Union would follow in the footsteps of Canada and come up with counter-measures to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc. "Europe United is the answer to America First".
"We're going to deal with the unfair trade practices".
After President Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imported from the E.U., Merkel warned the E.U. would be following Canada's lead, moving forward with countermeasures against the U.S.
"We asked him about that", she told Anne Will, adding that his answers "did not sound convincing" to her.More news: Elon Musk promises self-driving Teslas in upcoming software update