Merkel, minister stress U.S. ties after critical Trump tweet
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 9:55
Merkel is clearly alluding to Trump's recent attacks on Germany, which reportedly included threatening to halt the import of German cars to the United States. Last December, Politico reported that Mr. Trump's daughter, Ivanka, who believes in climate change, wants to use her position as an adviser to her father to change his mind.
US President Donald Trump on May 30 took to Twitter to complain about Germany, saying it was disadvantaging his country with its trade surplus and by failing to spend enough on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and military defence.
"China will continue to implement promises made in the Paris Agreement, to move towards the 2030 goal step by step steadfastly", Li said in a Berlin joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"... 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".
Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel of the SPD told the Rheinische Post (link in German) that "whoever does not confront these USA policies makes themselves complicit".
The Social Democrat leader then said it did not matter that Merkel and he were in the middle of an election campaign, as "the chancellor represents all of us at summits like these, and I reject with outrage the way this man takes it upon himself to treat the head of our country's government".
According to DW, Trump's seemingly anti-German and anti-European stance during his recent worldwide trip, his first since becoming president, has drawn a defiant, but concerned response from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who over the past few days has suggested that the transatlantic alliance was on shaky ground.
Many of Modi's comments contrasted sharply with positions of Trump, who has denied climate change, criticised the European Union, predicted more countries will leave the European Union and spoken out against free trade while pushing an "America First" policy. "We will stop this".
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni welcomes Donald Trump at the weekend's G7 meet.
Trump has vowed to decide this week whether to pull the USA out of the Paris framework on climate change but left his counterparts in the G7 with no idea of which way he was leaning.
Spicer asserted that Trump views not just Germany, but the rest of Europe, as an important American allies.