Trump lashes out at Merkel, saying Germany 'very bad for US'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 19:57
Europe must step up as a player in world affairs, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, signalling that the European Union needs to take control of its destiny in the era of US President Donald Trump. "We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands", she said.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was blunter yesterday, slamming the U.S. president's "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests. Germany's Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel strongly criticized President Trump on Monday accusing him of "short sighted policies which stand against the European Union and are weakening the West".
Modi said India and Germany were "made for each other".
Last Sunday - after a G7 summit in which Trump and the other six western powers again sparred on climate, defence funding and other key issues - Merkel said Europe could no longer completely rely on traditional allies the United States and Britain in the age of Trump and Brexit.
He also disputed the assumption that Merkel was moving away from Trump, after the president declined last week to join six other nations at the G-7 summit in Brussels in reaffirming their commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which attempts to reduce greenhouse gases linked to climate change. From calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel as "possibly the greatest world leader" to describing her open-door refugee policy as a "catastrophic mistake", here are his most memorable quotes regarding Germany.
Steffen Seibert, Merkel's spokesman, addressed the Chancellor's campaign comments at a Monday news conference.
"Donald Trump makes clear with his tweet that he views Germany as a political opponent", Thomas Oppermann, head of the Social Democrats' (SPD) parliamentary faction, told reporters on Tuesday. The Paris agreement was a landmark event.
Her comments came after Trump said during the G-7 meeting he needed more time to decide if the U.S. would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats. Will this put pressure on German automakers who manufacture cars in the U.S.? "But the importance we put on these ties can not mean that we abandon fundamental principles such as our commitment to fight climate change and in favor of open societies and free trade", he said.