Even Merkel's political rivals are on her side against Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 6:16
Trump's decision would continue his administration's attempts to reduce former US President Barack Obama's legacy to nothing following the moves to withdraw from the TPP free trade deal, as well as to review several environmental initiatives of the previous administration.
"Transatlantic ties are of paramount importance to us. but the current situation gives more reasons for.us to take our destiny in our own hands", she said, stressing that "Europe must become a player active in global affairs".
As the war of words threatened to spin out of control, Merkel and other senior German politicians stressed the importance of Germany's Atlantic ties, with Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel suggesting the spat was just a rough patch.
Falling back on his most trusted form of communication, US President Donald Trump issued trade threats against one-time close ally, Germany, Tuesday morning.
There are several problems with Trump's focus on the trade deficit with Germany. In an understatement, U.S. officials said Trump had changed the way many people were thinking about America's goals and priorities.
Speaking at a news briefing after Mr Trump's tweet, Mr Spicer said: "They get along very well. Very bad for U.S. This will change". The adviser added the president will do what's in the best interests of the United States.
"We in Germany, in Europe and the world will band together to take more decisive action than ever to confront and successfully surmount major challenges to humanity such as climate change", she told reporters. "... the times in which we can fully count on others", she said, "are, to a certain extent, over, as I have experienced in the past few days". India would move forward on its climate agenda even if the USA exited the Paris agreement, he said, adding politicians have "absolutely no right" to put in jeopardy the environment for future generations.
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he agreed with Ms Merkel that Europe needed to forge its own path. So far, no one is talking about dissolving NATO; Europe still depends for its security on America's nuclear and conventional arsenals.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said repeatedly in an interview the United States would support its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, in answer to questions about Trump's comments during his European visit.
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. Wittig said, when Camerota asked if "thinly veiled" comments from Merkel or Trump should be ignored. "She's someone who is very sober about the guys with the big agendas and big egos, be it (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, be it (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, be it Trump".