Donald Trump and Angela Merkel 'get along very well': White House

During his trip, Trump rejected pressure from G7 allies to commit to abiding by the 2015 Paris climate accord and berated 23 of NATO's 28 members - including Germany - for "still not paying what they should be paying" toward the funding of the alliance. "Very bad for U.S. This will change".

"That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future", she said.

It's unclear exactly how Trump plans to change trade with Germany.

Those comments, which caused shock in Washington, vented Europe's frustration with Trump on climate policy in particular. And while German politicians sided with Merkel, FM Gabriel signaled that it was time for cooler heads to prevail. Nobody's inferring that both states are completely calling it quits with another, but just that the old era of post-war relations seems to finally be drawing to a close.

But Martin Schulz, leader of Mr Gabriel's centre-left Social Democrats, was less diplomatic earlier in the day when he told reporters Mr Trump was "the destroyer of all Western values". He added that the USA president was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance.

Alongside Modi, Merkel said that while transatlantic relations are of "paramount significance", the European Union had to forge its own path in the world "considering the current situation".

This was in "our own interest because Europe has felt in recent years what it means to have terrorism and instability in our neighbourhood", she said, adding that any government's "top priority is to protect its citizens".

But on Tuesday, Merkel reiterated Germany's relationship with the of "outstanding importance".

"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.

"They met in Washington very extensively, they met now in Europe, they are on the phone frequently", Witting told Camerota. "He has respect for her".

In view of the widespread respect for Merkel, and the powerful role of Germany in the European Union, it's clear Trump has undermined the strong bond that has existed between all American governments and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members since the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as a deterrent during the Cold War. All NATO nations are partners in the U.S-led coalition against the Islamic State.

Merkel said she reached that conclusion after the G7 and NATO Summits, in which Trump took part and during which the differences between the policies of the new USA administration and its allies in Europe and elsewhere became patently obvious.

  • Leroy Wright