German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her political rival united against Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 20:55
"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", the U.S. President posted on Twitter, adding, "This will change".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn't appear to be President Donald Trump's biggest fan after he made a series of diplomatic missteps during his recent trip overseas, saying that Europe needs to look out for itself.
On Monday, Merkel showed how seriously she is concerned about Washington's dependability under Trump by repeating the message she delivered a day earlier that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent".
"The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union", he added, judging that "the West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker".
"We Europeans must fight for more climate protection, fewer weapons and against religious [fanaticism], otherwise the Middle East and Africa will be further destabilized", Gabriel said.
Following the G-7 meeting in Sicily on Saturday, Merkel was sharply critical of Trump's decision not to join the other countries in reiterating support for the 2015 Paris Agreement that aims to slow global warming, calling the G-7 climate talks "very unsatisfactory".
When pressed by a reporter who cited Merkel's comments about lessening the country's reliance on the United States that seemed to allude to Trump's election and presidency, Spicer was quick to decry those comments as out of context.
"We are meant for each other", Mr Modi said.
In January, the White House accused Germany of exploiting an undervalued euro to boost its trade advantage, despite Berlin's long opposition to the European Central Bank's loose monetary policy.
It's unclear exactly how Trump plans to change trade with Germany.
"We have experienced a totally different president to all of his predecessors since World War II, who puts into question the very foundations of transatlantic relations", the foreign affairs committee chairman said.
Mr Trump's comments came after a European trip in which he rattled several leaders.
Merkel, seeking to fix damage after shocking Washington on Sunday by declaring the era in which Europe could rely on its partners was somewhat over, repeatedly stressed the importance of trans-Atlantic ties but also highlighted Germany's history of cooperating with India and China in a "global world".
Spicer then claimed that Merkel's comments are in line with what Trump wanted all along.
May 30, 2017: Trump blasts Merkel again over trade and defense.