Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

But Trump's myopic focus on the spending levels to the exclusion of all the other support North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members provide - including efforts to deter Russian aggression - could be costly, especially given that the only time North Atlantic Treaty Organisation invoked its Article 5 collective defense measures was after the September 11 attack.

Her main challenger, the Social Democrat's chancellor candidate Martin Schulz, was even more outspoken in his comments about the G-7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings last week, saying Sunday night the summits made clear Trump was a "president of the United States of America who wants to humiliate others, who presents himself like an authoritarian ruler".

"Just returned from Europe". Despite Merkel's suggestion that European nations were on their own to push forward into the future, Trump declared the trip a "great success" for America on his Twitter account. "Hard work but big results!"

On a previous leg of his first trip overseas as president, Trump had repeated past criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for failing to meet the defensive alliance's military spending commitment of two percent of GDP.

"Europe is the answer", he said. A subseqent report by Axios, Trump privately told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that "he plans to leave the Paris agreement on climate change" which will likely further infurate his European allies. I have experienced this in the last few days. "And so all I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands".

On Saturday, Merkel said she was not pleased following the G-7 meetings, particularly on the issue of climate change, saying that talks were "very unsatisfactory".

Now reports in US media say his son in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, during the transition, suggested setting up a back-channel with Russian Federation to bypass USA government surveillance. Instead, by most European accounts he strained them even more.

The White House has not fully denied the allegations.

"...it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".

But the investigations continue.

Schulz said Trump resembled an "authoritarian leader" who wants to "humiliate others".

Fake news or not, these investigations are very real.

  • Leroy Wright