Germany and China vow to deepen ties amid Trump concerns

He made the remarks after over an hour-long wide-ranging talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a host of key issues like trade, skill development and climate change.

Very bad for US.Spicer said Trump feels that he and Merkel have a "fairly unbelievable" relationship.

The 62-year-old said: "The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out".

Mr Dubke, a communications firm owner who was brought into the Trump administration in March, submitted his resignation on 18 May, though he has not set a last day on the job and is leaving on good terms, according to Axios News, which first reported his departure, citing a senior administration official.

Ignore all that, Spicer said.

While it's unclear whether Merkel has deliberately picked a fight with Trump or misspoken and bitten off more than she can chew, challenging his stance is popular in Germany. "He has a lot of respect for her", he said during a press briefing at the White House, adding that both leaders developed their "bond" during last week's G7 meeting.

"What I said was simply to indicate that, here are even more reasons beyond those we already have that Europe needs to take its destiny into its own hands", she said.

To others, however, the Europe-U.S. tensions over defense spending, trade deals and climate change are real, growing and could ultimately lead to shifts in alliances if Trump does not temper his tone.

The Republican has just returned from his first overseas visit as US President, where he met with the europhile German leader. To be honest, Obama, who implicitly criticized Trump in Berlin while standing next to Merkel, was the one who pursued a foreign policy in which Europe was no longer the focus of USA policy.

Deploying more forces was not the right move to calm down Russian President Vladimir Putin and it certainly did not correspond with his so-called high intelligence. Trump was already a highly unpopular, if not disdained, figure in Germany before he took the podium last week and publicly humiliated America's European allies for being cheap, soft-belly swindlers on their militaries (last year, a poll found that 71 percent of Germans surveyed thought a Trump presidency would make the world a more unsafe place).

Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Modi heaped mutual praise upon each other May 30 - each referring to the other as a "reliable partner" in a notable contrast to Merkel's recent public doubts about Germany's ties with the United States.

In all, it was what the US has come to expect four months into this presidency - an embarrassing display of swaggering incompetence.

Trade policy for the European Union is written by the European Commission, which sits in Brussels, not the German government, which sits in Berlin.

Not only does the spat continue but Merkel has seized upon it as an opportunity - in the wake of the election of Emmanuel Macron as a pro-Europe French president - to rally Europe around her leadership.

"Believe me, I know Trump and I know the people around him".

And while German politicians sided with Ms Merkel, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel signalled that it was time for cooler heads to prevail.

Merkel departed the NATO meetings and G7 summit in Sicily with a changing outlook, returning to Germany, where she gave a speech Sunday that indicated the country shouldn't be reliant on its North American partner.

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