5 Takeaways From President Obama’s Trip to The G7 Summit
Here's a look back at Obama's trip.
By ARLETTE SAENZ
June 9, 2015, 3:22 PM
• 4 min read
-- President Obama was on the ground in Germany for 36 hours as he attended the G7 Summit. Between the family photos, the meetings and the beer, the president managed to squeeze a lot into the two-day period.
Here's a look at 5 things you'll remember from Obama's trip:
RUSSIAN SANCTIONS WILL BE EXTENDED
President Obama came to the summit wanting one thing -- his European colleagues to extend the economic sanctions on Russia. And the president left with the assurance they would do just.
In their declaration released at the end of the summit, the G7 leaders said they agreed economic sanctions should be extended until the Ukraine ceasefire is fully implemented, and they also said they stand ready to exact new costs on Russia should its aggression in Ukraine progress. "Here at the G-7, we agree that even as we will continue to seek a diplomatic solution, sanctions against Russia will remain in place so long as Russia continues to violate its obligations under the Minsk agreements," the president said in a news conference Monday. "The G-7 is making clear that, if necessary, we stand ready to impose additional significant sanctions against Russia."
BUT THE ISIS STRATEGY ISN'T COMPLETE
In his news conference Tuesday, President Obama admitted that the U.S. lacked a "complete strategy" to combat ISIS in Iraq.
The comment drew backlash from Republican presidential nominees with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, calling it "malpractice" as commander-in-chief to former Gov. Rick Perry describing it as a "failure in leadership." It echoed a similar statement the president made last year, shortly after the U.S. initiated a bombing campaign against ISIS fighters.
THERE WAS THE AWKWARD OBAMA-ABADI MOMENT
It's unclear whether it was intentional or accidental, but it was an incredibly awkward moment.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sat down next to President Obama as he schmoozed with Italian Prime Minister Mario Renzi and IMF Head Christine Lagarde. Abadi waited for Obama to acknowledge his presence, sitting merely a foot apart, but eventually the president stood up and walked away with out saying anything to the prime minister. Things seemed normal a few hours later when the two men met privately to discuss ISIS.
DON'T FORGET THE OBAMA-MERKEL 'SOUND OF MUSIC' PHOTO SEEN AROUND THE WORLD
You probably couldn't forget it if you wanted. The sight of German Chancellor Angela Merkel spreading her arms in the air, a la Julie Andrews in the "Sound of Music." It made the weekend meetings look more like the "Sound of Music" in Austria than the G7 Summit in Germany.
AND THEN THERE'S BEER
When you're in Germany, you drink beer -- even if it's not Oktoberfest.
And President Obama did just that -- stopping for a beer and pretzels with the locals. But it turns out, the beer might not have been alcoholic at all. The mayor of the Germany town of Kruen said the U.S. and German delegations specifically asked for alcohol-free beverages at the town tour. Guess President Obama will have to schedule another trip to Germany in his post-presidency years to sample the real thing.