Trump tweets against Germany, escalating row after tense summits
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 3:40
While speaking on his tour of Germany, who are also the reigning FIFA World Cup champions, the Indian prime minister said that Bundesliga has a huge following back home in India.
Both leaders commended the steadfast efforts of the G-4 and other reform oriented countries and groups in moving forward the discussions towards initiation of text-based negotiations on the Security Council reform agenda at the ongoing Inter-governmental Negotiations (IGN) at the UN.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was even more blunt on Monday, slamming the United States president's "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests.
European leaders were especially dismayed by Trump's refusal to reaffirm United States support for last year's Paris climate change accord and his failure to publicly endorse NATO's mutual defense pledge.
"The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union", he warned, judging that "the West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker".
"Europe and the world are facing lots of challenges and to fight those, India believes, the world needs the strong leadership of Chancellor Merkel", Modi added.
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". Trump reportedly pushed Germany on its trade deficit with the USA and admonished much of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance for failing to meet its agreed upon spending targets for collective defense.
But following Merkel's Sunday comments, Trump slightly changed his message toward Germany on Twitter.
These divergences were aired at a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily at the weekend at which Trump found himself isolated over his threat to ditch the 2015 Paris accord aimed at slowing climate change. "This will change (sic)". He said German partnership is important for the Skill India Mission, with German parameters being "global benchmarks" which are crucial for India.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Germany wanted to develop its ties with India, but said this should not be at the cost of its trans-Atlantic relationship.