Trump lashes out at Germany over trade, NATO; promises change

President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted Germany for its trade practices and what he views as its shortchanging of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, further weakening a partnership widely viewed as key to global stability.

USA president Donald Trump hit out at Germany on Tuesday, as repercussions from his first foreign trip as president continued, threatening to undermine the transatlantic relationship between the United States and Europe.

Gabriel admitted in a press meeting that "it's true that we have a hard situation in relations between Germany and U.S", but he believed "we will come back to good relations in the future".

"The times when we could fully rely on others have passed us by a little bit".

Another significant area where the Merkel may have found herself doubting Trump's commitment to common worldwide goals is the Paris Climate accord.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for the group photo at the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on May 26, 2017.

Trump says he's upset because of the large trade gap the United States has with Germany, as well as how much Germany spends on its military.

The head of Germany's Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz, was equally critical of Trump.

In Rome, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he agreed with Ms Merkel that Europe needed to forge its own path.

During a speech Monday in Berlin, Merkel did not specifically mention Trump but quoted a 1963 speech by former President John F. Kennedy in Frankfurt, where he told the audience "those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future".

From across the Atlantic, The Washington Post reported that the bilateral strains mean that the U.S. has, to some extent, lost the trust of one of Europe's most pro-American leaders. But his tweet echoes comments he reportedly made during private meetings with European leaders in mid-May.

Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, has told The Associated Press that Dubke handed in his resignation before President Donald Trump left for his global trip earlier this month. "He has a lot respect for her".

The press secretary's comments came after Trump, on the social media platrform, said Germany was paying well below its share for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Merkel on Tuesday repeated her call for Europe to take control of its own destiny, but also dismissed any talk that Germany is shifting away from its old ally and pivoting East.

"It's not a change in policy".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on USA climate policy.

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