Tuesday: New Trump attack on Germany widens transatlantic rift

President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Germany in recent weeks, taking to Twitter on Tuesday in the latest attack - targeting Germany's military spending and trade practices.

Trump also bashed the USA 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.

Re the May 31 oped in the Miami Herald, "Breaking up isn't that hard to do, after all", by columnist Patrick Buchanan: After meeting with Angela Merkel of Germany, President Trump intimated that Germany and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are freeloaders.

Spicer described Trump's personal relationship with Merkel as excellent.

On Monday, Merkel showed how seriously she is concerned about Washington's dependability under Trump by repeating the message she delivered a day earlier that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent".

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.

Shortly after Trump's visit to Europe, Merkel had made a statement saying that Europe could no longer depend on the United States for assistance and that it had to become self-reliant. "The short-sighted policy of the American government is against the interests of the European Union". "But the importance we put on these ties can not mean that we abandon fundamental principles such as our commitment to fight climate change and in favor of open societies and free trade", he said.

At the time, USA security experts defended the surveillance, saying friendships can easily end - an argument that was swiftly dismissed in Berlin, where strong trans-Atlantic ties had always been the foundation of its worldwide diplomacy. "They get along very well", said Spicer.

From across the Atlantic, The Washington Post reported that the bilateral strains mean that the U.S. has, to some extent, lost the trust of one of Europe's most pro-American leaders.

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years", he added.

Trump criticized Germany's trade surplus with the United States on Tuesday, tying the issue to Berlin's military spending. All NATO nations are partners in the U.S-led coalition against the Islamic State.

  • Leroy Wright