China vows to stick to climate deal before Trump announcement
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 11:35
British Prime Minister Theresa May was "disappointed," while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the reversal "extremely regrettable". For millions that is a euphemism for German paws and claws - and they still find that sort of 20th century scary.
"They met in Washington very extensively, they met now in Europe, they are on the phone frequently", Witting told Camerota.
Her words reverberated across the world because they were interpreted as Merkel lashing out at Trump for his treatment of the US' European allies. Soon after her statement, Trump tweeted, "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military". Later, White House spokesman Sean Spicer clarified that the US President views Germany as an important ally and gets along very well with Ms Merkel.
But after contentious meetings with Trump last week, Merkel indicated changes in the U.S.
"Perhaps the first time since World War II, countries in Western Europe fear that the American election", Eichenwald wrote November 4, "should Trump win, could trigger events that imperil their national security and do potentially irreparable harm to the alliances that have kept the continent safe for decades". In tweeting complaints about Germany on Tuesday in apparent response to Merkel's questions about US reliability, Trump casts the USA not as the world's policeman but as its most temperamental bully.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is angry at Donald Trump.
Martin Schulz, leader of the centre-left Social Democrats, told reporters Trump was "the destroyer of all Western values", adding that the USA president was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance.
However, as tensions between the two side escalated rapidly, Merkel on Tuesday stressed German ties with the United States, saying that the relationship is of "outstanding importance".
"The times in which we could rely fully on others - they are somewhat over", she added during, it should be noted, a campaign rally.
Meanwhile, President Trump and the White House continue to complain about the use of anonymous sources in news reports about the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation.
"But the importance we give to these ties can not lead to us renouncing fundamental principles such as our commitments against climate change and for open societies and free worldwide trade".
He said discussions on subjects of disagreement needed to continue on the basis of "openness, frankness and robust exchanges".