Trump lashes out at Germany over trade and NATO

President Trump took aim at German trade practices and defense spending Tuesday following pointed criticism from Chancellor Angela Merkel that Germany may not be able to rely on its allies.

Reflecting on the fraught new era of USA relations with Germany, and Europe at large, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Sunday at a beer hall, and contended that her continent-mates "really must take our fate into our own hands".

The Prime Minister, who had a one-on-one private dinner with the Chancellor at her country residence Monday night, said today at a time when Europe and the entire world were facing challenges, the guidance of a strong leader like Merkel was necessary for the European Union to get stronger and united. Last week, he faced a similar snub when the newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron evaded President Trump at the last moment to shake hands with the German chancellor and other leaders before coming back to him.

Trump also commented on the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, deriding it as a "lame excuse" for Democrats losing.

Trump has also said he plans to make a decision this week on whether to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord - widely considered a key achievement of the Obama administration and a necessary measure if the world wants to avoid a sharp rise in global temperatures.

"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.

Merkel said the conversation with the US on climate change last week during the G-7 meetings in Sicily, which followed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, was "extremely hard".

Merkel talked to Modi in Berlin about developing cooperation with India.

In a sign of Berlin's shifting focus toward Asia, Merkel is also due to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

He said Germany's extensive work in skill development, which has set the standards globally, can benefit the youth of India.

She warned German voters that her experience in dealing with Trump at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the G7 had convinced her that the times when Europe could rely on Washington and London "are coming to an end".

India's prime minister says it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

"Very bad for (the) US".

Modi signaled that India will move forward on its climate agenda even if the USA exits the Paris agreement, saying politicians have "absolutely no right" to put in jeopardy the environment for future generations.

  • Leroy Wright