Germany Not Adequately Contributing to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday ratcheted up tensions with Germany with a fresh tweet, blaming the key ally for not spending enough on defence and for America's trade deficit.

On Tuesday, shortly after Merkel's meeting with Modi, Trump used his Twitter to warn Berlin: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and military".

The sharp words from Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour overseas which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit, the German website Local.de reported.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel followed her and blasted the U.S., saying the Trump administration's "short-sighted policies... stand against the interest of the European Union".

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. Ms. Merkel said "days when Europe could completely count on others are over to a certain extent".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that failing to act on climate change would be "morally criminal" and voiced strong support for the "vision" of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the matter. President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Germany in recent weeks, taking to Twitter on Tuesday in the latest attack - targeting Germany's military spending and trade practices.

Merkel has said the climate agreement is so important there should not be any compromise on it.

"India wants the world not just to be interconnected but also that it should be sensibly run", Merkel said, endorsing a trade deal in the works between India and the European Union. "The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker", he added.

When Trump was inaugurated in January, Merkel had told the billionaire and former reality TV show star that cooperation would be on the basis of shared democratic values.

Clearly frustrated by Trump's openly mercurial behaviour during the G7 meetings last week, Merkel chose to give voice to her irritation during a rally in Munich.

Separately, France's Defence Minister Sylvie Goulard said that Trump's broadside at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies could boost efforts toward a common European defence policy. "He said his dad is from Germany". That's what I experienced over the past several days...

Nowhere was this rhetorical disconnect between the U.S. and its European allies more apparent than on climate change in a meeting of the Group of Seven major economies. She said "it's necessary to be open to achieve fair trade conditions".

  • Zachary Reyes