Merkel stresses U.S. ties after Trump tweet

United States President Donald Trump has called Germany's trade and spending policies "very bad", intensifying a row between the longtime allies and immediately earning himself the moniker "destroyer of Western values" from a leading German politician. Very bad for US.

The tit-for-tat dispute escalated rapidly after Mr Trump, at back-to-back summits last week, criticised major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over their military spending and refused to endorse a global climate change accord.

"The trans-Atlantic partnership is of outstanding importance and what I said was merely meant to note that in view of the current situation there are more reasons. for us in Europe to take our fate into our own hands", Merkel told reporters at a joint news conference with Modi.

"Transatlantic ties are of paramount importance to us. but the current situation gives more reasons to take our destiny in our own hands", said Merkel, stressing that "Europe must become a player active in global affairs".

On Sunday, Ms Merkel showed the gravity of her concern about Washington's dependability under Mr Trump when she warned, at an election campaign event in a packed Bavarian beer tent - that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent". He wrote "Russian officials must be laughing at the US & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".

Germany will push hard in Brussels for progress to be made on a free-trade agreement between India and the European Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday in a speech warning of growing "protectionist tendencies" worldwide.

Trump said he will give his verdict on the Paris accord later this week and has warned that Washington may pull out of a pact that European leaders see as the last best hope to slow global warming.

Spicer also disputed the media's interpretation of Merkel's remarks that she felt that Europe could no longer depend on the United States.

Merkel praised India for implementing that climate pact very "intensively and in a very committed way" and Modi said people had no right to ruin the environment for future generations.

"The shortsighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union", he said, judging that "the West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker".

Trump's response came in the early hours of yesterday when he took to Twitter to once again demand that Germany renegotiate the terms of transatlantic trade and boost its defense spending.

"Europe is the answer, and stronger cooperation between the European countries at all levels is the answer to Donald Trump", Schulz said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with President Trump during a photo session with Group of Seven leaders last week in Italy.

Soon after her comments, Trump swiftly blasted Germany over trade imbalance.

  • Leroy Wright