Trump Is Worried About The Trade Deficit With Germany. He Needn't Be
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 22:10
"The trans-Atlantic partnership is of outstanding importance and what I said was merely meant to note that in view of the current situation there are more reasons. for us in Europe to take our fate into our own hands", Merkel said, according to the Associated Press.
The tit-for-tat dispute escalated rapidly after Mr Trump, at back-to-back summits last week, criticised major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over their military spending and refused to endorse a global climate change accord.
Yesterday, Mr Trump hit back on Twitter to complain about a U.S. trade deficit with Germany and his belief that the country must pay more for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) military alliance.
On Sunday, Ms Merkel showed the gravity of her concern about Washington's dependability under Mr Trump when she warned, at an election campaign event in a packed Bavarian beer tent - that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent".
Those comments, which caused shock in Washington, vented Europe's frustration with Trump on climate policy in particular.
"Respectfully, that's not what she said".
"As we begin the negotiations about leaving the EU, we will be able to reassure Germany and other European countries that we are going to be a strong partner to them in defence and security and, we hope, in trade", Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd told BBC radio.
European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Garman Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose for a photo in the ancient Greek theatre of Taormina, Italy, on May 26, 2017. He has a lot of respect for her.
The comment appeared to be prompted by Mr Trump's continued indecisiveness on whether the USA should remain in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
"He views not just Germany but the rest of Europe as an important American ally". We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands - naturally in friendship with the United States of America, in friendship with Great Britain, as good neighbors with whoever, also with Russian Federation and other countries ...
'I think the relationship the president has had with Merkel, he would describe as fairly unbelievable, ' Spicer said.