Sigmar Gabriel plays down spat between Merkel and Trump
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 15:51
Just two days after Angela Merkel said the European Union needed to take charge of its own destiny and could no longer completely rely on the United States and Britain, Germany's main political parties are all leaping into the fray to criticize U.S. president Donald Trump and his policies.
Mr Trump shot back in his preferred venue of Twitter, saying that the "MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany.will change".
Merkel on Sunday said that Germany could no longer "completely depend" on the U.S.as a reliable partner.
Trump also bashed the US news media, tweeting Tuesday morning that "Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S." for the media's coverage of the scandal around possible nefarious ties between his associates and Russian officials, which he dismissed as a "lame excuse" by Democrats for losing the 2016 presidential election.
And Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, also a Social Democrat, said Monday that if the Trump administration "finds pushing through national interests more important than an global order. then I say that the West has become smaller - it has at least become weaker". Modi suggested that India will adhere to the Paris climate accords, while Trump makes up his mind. I have experienced this in the last few days.
She said working together with "such a diverse country" also offered opportunities for German businesses.
And while German politicians sided with Merkel, FM Gabriel signaled that it was time for cooler heads to prevail.
Merkel's comments came on the heels of Trump's appearances at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, in which he refused to endorse NATO's collective defense clause and lectured representatives from almost two-dozen member countries for not meeting their "financial obligations".
Spicer said that these words show the positive results of their "unbelievable" relationship.
In 2009, former President Barack Obama also expressed dissatisfaction with the trade deficit between the US and Germany, according to MarketWatch.
Ignore all that, Spicer said. "So we're going to continue to support our allies the way we always have", she told MSNBC. "The short-sighted policy of the American government is against the interests of the European Union".
Mr Spicer's appearance came following confirmation that White House communications director Mike Dubke resigned from his post after less than three months in the job, amid widespread expectations that a broader shake-up of the White House communications team could be imminent as the Trump administration seeks to limit the damage unleashed by an onslaught of revelations about the administration's links with Russian Federation. "Anyone who today puts on national blinkers and no longer has eyes for the world around him is, I'm convinced, ultimately out on a limb".
She warned German voters that her experience in dealing with Trump at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the G7 had convinced her that the times when Europe could rely on Washington and London "are coming to an end".