Trump Slams Germany's Trade Surplus As 'Very Bad' For The US
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 9:43
The social democrat has called on European partners to take steps to make the European Union stronger, in order to fill the vacuum left by the U.S.in the global arena.
Relations between the United States and Germany veered further toward crisis on Tuesday as President Donald Trump complained about the USA trade deficit with Germany and said it must pay more for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance. -German trade relationship is "very bad" and suggested "this will change", following a reportedly closed-door meeting last week when he criticized Germany's trade surplus.
The sharp words from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour overseas which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a Group of Seven summit.
After failing to sway Trump, Merkel has turned her attention to forging consensus among other G-20 nations at a summit meeting she's hosting in Hamburg in July.
"The times when we could completely count on others, they are over to a certain extent".
"I experienced that in the last a few days, and therefore I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States and in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever it is possible, also with Russian Federation and also with all the other countries", Merkel said.
"We Europeans must fight for more climate protection, fewer weapons and against religious [fanaticism], otherwise the Middle East and Africa will be further destabilized", Gabriel said.
Stung by the public rebuke, Trump fell on his Twitter account, issuing three return volleys at the German Chancellor.
Trump also bashed the US news media, tweeting Tuesday morning that "Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S." for the media's coverage of the scandal around possible nefarious ties between his associates and Russian officials, which he dismissed as a "lame excuse" by Democrats for losing the 2016 presidential election. "This will change", Trump tweeted.
"That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future", she said. The Paris agreement was a landmark event. Last week, he would tweeted that he would make his "final decision" in the coming days.