Trump Rails Against Germany As 'Very Bad For US' In Twitter Tirade
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 18:18
After nine days of high-profile marital discord, embarrassing Islamophobic gaffes, and the single most contemptuous papal glare in recorded history, Donald Trump's first trip overseas as President of the United States is finally complete.
Perhaps in response, Donald Trump launched a fresh Twitter tirade this morning against Germany, accusing the country (again) of not paying its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation contributions and of running a "MASSIVE" trade deficit.
Initial reports that Trump called Germans "very bad" prompted Gary Cohn, the director of the national economic council, to explain that Trump was only upset with our trade relationship and not necessarily the country itself.
President Donald Trump picked a public fight with Germany on Tuesday, tweeting that trade deals with the European country are "very bad for U.S." and that they "will change".
This time, Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, who was even more blunt in his assessment of President Trump last week, responded by unveiling a new strategy: spiritually rolling his eyes and waiting for the clock to run out.
And Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, also a Social Democrat, said Monday that if the Trump administration "finds pushing through national interests more important than an global order. then I say that the West has become smaller - it has at least become weaker".
The blast came two days after Merkel cast doubts on EU's alignment with the United States and Britain, saying that Europeans should determine their own destiny.
When a reporter asked Spicer to explain why Merkel said Europe "could no longer depend on the United States", Spicer disputed that claim. "It's very easy for us".
"It is inappropriate that we are now communicating with each other between a beer tent and Twitter", he said in Berlin. She suggested that Europe needed to "really take our fate into our own hands" and said "the times in which we could rely fully on others - they are somewhat over".
For her part, Merkel had called on Trump after his election to uphold the values of Western democracy following a divisive presidential campaign.
Merkel also emphasized the continued need for friendly relations with the USA and others. He criticized Trump for not agreeing, so far, to sign the Paris climate accord and said that the "short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union".
"Well, respectfully, that's not what she said", said Spicer, before reading Merkel's comments.