Angela Merkel’s G7 Photo Went Viral. Here’s The Photo She Didn’t Share

Virginia Kruta | Contributor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a photo that quickly went viral as the G7 Summit came to a close. But there was another photo, taken from the same angle within a few minutes, that she chose not to share.

The photo that Merkel shared showed her leaning across a table looking stern while President Donald Trump sat back, crossing his arms.

Zweiter Tag des G7-Gipfels in Kanada: spontane Beratung am Rande der offiziellen Tagesordnung. — Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions. #G7Charlevoix

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Merkel captioned the photo as a “spontaneous meeting between two working sessions,” and multiple media outlets quickly picked it up. Seizing on Merkel’s expression, many reimagined the photo to be depicting her dressing down President Trump.

But another photo, taken from the same angle just moments from the one Merkel chose to share, depicted a very different scene. An engaged President Trump leaned forward as Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiled. (RELATED: President Trump Slams ‘Dishonest And Weak’ G7 Performance From Trudeau)

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump discuss the joint communique following a breakfast meeting on the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC1BCA7B7B00

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump discuss the joint communique following a breakfast meeting on the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. – RC1BCA7B7B00

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