Trump Lashes Out at Germany Over Trade and NATO, Promises 'Change'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 18:15
The visit by Asian leaders in quick succession have led to the western media calling it an "Asian pivot" to Europe and Germany, the most important pillar of the European Union now that Britain was preparing to exit the largest single market.
While on the surface, such accusations from within the intelligence community seem somewhat implausible, the recent tit-for-tat word war between the two countries seems to at least add fuel to this fire. In a pared down final communique, all G-7 nations except the US pledged action to mitigate climate change.
Trump used his first morning tweet to lash out at the European powerhouse, noting the United States has "a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany" and griping that the Germans "pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".
Another indication came this weekend from Merkel.
Merkel on Monday repeated nearly word for word her message from Sunday, when she told her Bavarian conservative allies in a packed Munich beer tent that "we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands".
Holding the group's Presidency this year, Germany will host the G20 Summit in Hamburg with the theme "Shaping an Interconnected World", and Modi "welcomed the Presidency's focus on building resilience, improving sustainability and assuming responsibility, as well as on enhancing the benefits of globalization and sharing them more widely at national and global levels".
Late last week it was reported by the German Media outlet, Der Spiegel, that President Trump had called Germany "very bad" due to the fact that they run a trade surplus with the United States.
Relations between Germany and the USA have cooled since Trump took office in January.
"India is a country that has a very good educational system where IT experts or engineers are concerned", Wiskot told Germany.
Those countries drag down the euro's value and, in so doing, give Germany an unfair competitive advantage in world markets.
The U.S. -German relationship has been a crucial check on Russian Federation for decades, but it appears to be fraying. "He said, 'I don't have a problem Germany, I have a problem with German trade'".
Trump has vowed to decide this week whether to pull the U.S. out of the Paris framework on climate change but left his counterparts in the G7 with no idea of which way he was leaning. Do they know more than most countries do about this possibly compromising situation? Conversely, if it saves less than it invests, it will have a trade deficit, since it will be spending more than it is producing.
Merkel appeared to rebuke Mr. Trump in remarks on Sunday in which she urged the European Union to stick together in the face of weakening US support. Trump is demonstrating that America's most important treaty commitments are unreliable, at least as long as he is president, and European leaders are reacting as you might expect to America's declaration of its own unreliability. "Those who do not oppose this U.S. policy are guilty". "Look at the millions of cars that they sell in the US Terrible". He was famously ousted from power in a 1989 US invasion of the Central American nation.
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