Trump keeps up criticism of Germany

  • Trump keeps up criticism of Germany

Trump keeps up criticism of Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with President Donald Trump during a photo with G7 leaders at the Ancient Greek Theater of Taormina, during the G7 Summit, Friday, May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Italy.

The image of friendly relations between Germany and the USA seems distant since Trump took office.

With all President Donald Trump has on his plate this week - staff shakeups, the Russian Federation probes and Jared Kushner; health care, budget, debt ceiling and the Paris climate deal - Trump on Tuesday morning made a decision to escalate his attack on Germany over trade. "Very bad for U.S. This will change", he tweeted.

"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.

White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn clarified to reporters that the president was referring to Germany's trade practices.

President Trump didn't respond to a calling by Angela Merkel to shake hands during her visit to the White House, though White House later said that it was unintentional. His latest rant is likely to only fan the flames of anti-Trump feeling in Germany and its neighbors in the EU. "See the millions of cars they sell in the US, terrible". Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel of the SPD told the Rheinische Post (link in German) that "whoever does not confront these USA policies makes themselves complicit".

The largest German factory in the world, a BMW plant, is located in SC, according to Forbes.

March 18, 2017: Trump blasts Germany over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bills.

These divergences were aired at a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily at the weekend at which Trump found himself isolated over his threat to ditch the 2015 Paris accord aimed at slowing climate change.

Mrs Merkel had previously indicated that Germany needs to adopt a more independent stance in world affairs.

Merkel, addressing a election campaign at a beer tent in Germany's southern state of Bavaria, said on Sunday that following the election of Trump and Brexit, Europeans "really have to take destiny into their own hands". "This is what I experienced in the last few days". Although Merkel has sought to dampen the notion that she wants to pivot Germany and Europe away from the United States and toward Eastern powers, Tuesday's meeting with Modi could not have been more positive and cordial.

Germany unleashed a volley of criticism on Monday against US President Donald Trump, slamming his "shortsighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests.

"It is true that we have a hard situation in relations between the United States and Germany", Gabriel told reporters. That would almost double the current budget - but it would still be dwarfed by the $664 billion the United States spends every year.