Trump has fairly 'unbelievable relationship' with Merkel: WH

So it's ironic and disturbing to proponents of the transatlantic alliance that remembrances of the D-Day landings and the Marshall Plan should coincide with the most fraught period in Europe-US relations in decades.

President Donald Trump is aiming his wrath over trade at one of the largest buyers of American exports - Germany.

"Why did the United States organize the alliance system and the worldwide trading system, the global order that prevails today?" says Ms. Conley.

"The United States are older and bigger than the current conflict", he said, adding relations would improve.

But Germany also bought $80.4 billion worth of American goods and services past year, more than was purchased by any other European country other than the United Kingdom.

There's another difference from 2003 as well. The NATO alliance will remain a central plank of European defense, and that will depend on US military muscle.

"He missed a huge opportunity in Brussels to take some of this nervousness out of the market", Techau said.

If and when Trump does return to Europe, it may be an even stormier visit.

Modi said bilateral cooperation will extend to the field of sports and the Indian youth can benefit from Germanys strong football training skills.

"In the past when the United States led the worldwide system forward, the world and certainly Europe moved forward with it, and if it paused, so usually did Europe", says Heather Conley, director of the Center for Strategic and global Studies' Europe program in Washington. His failure to voice clear support for NATO's mutual defense doctrine, Article 5, and to evoke Russian Federation as NATO's prime threat also irked Berlin and other allies.

But for many European leaders, the business-mogul-turned-president's unvarnished words in Europe merely confirmed what they have sensed for months was coming in the wake of his election: a transactional relationship propelled more by each sides' interests than by American leadership and common values. And after meeting Trump for the first time in Brussels last week, he suggested their long, white-knuckled handshake before the cameras was a moment of truth.

Such public questioning of the values that undergird the current American presidency is another reason why the tensions between the U.S. and Europe in 2017 and 2003 are not exact.

Since the Wales summit on September 4, 2014, and the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the issue of defense expenditures has been one of the pressing issues for member states in order to increase NATO's defense capability and presence in Eastern Europe. "Very bad for U.S. This will change", he tweeted.

Trump's populist rhetoric on trade has meanwhile has convinced many Europeans that a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is effectively dead.

The Republican has just returned from his first overseas visit as US President, where he met with the europhile German leader. The atmosphere between Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, for example, was extremely tense during the Iraq War period.

Spicer quoted Egyptian President Al-Sisi, who flattered Trump during their meeting by saying, 'Let me say that you have a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible'.

Faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, Merkel said " die zeiten, in denen wir uns auf andere völlig verlassen konnten, sind ein Stück vorbei", or loosely translated "the times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out" and added that "I've experienced that in the last few days".

"We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States, in friendship with Great Britain, with other neighbors wherever possible, also with Russian Federation", she continued.

Trump had tweeted earlier on Tuesday that Germany's trade and military policies are very bad for his country and warned that something will be done about it. The fear that the White House's new occupant might be changing the template of global politics forever if he's allowed to have his way can't be shaken off lightly.

Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Monday against seeking "simple answers" to complex global issues, a day after suggesting that Europe's relationship with the USA had shifted significantly following North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G-7 meetings with President Donald Trump that produced disappointing results.

Trump's Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn partially confirmed the report later when he clarified that the president wasn't referring to the German people, but rather exclusively its trade deals.

"Article 5 is something that we have always supported", Haley responded.

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