Trump complains about Germany's trade, military spending policies on Twitter

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

President Trump took to Twitter yesterday to complain about a USA trade deficit with Germany and his belief that the country must pay more for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

US President Donald Trump has offered both candid praise and unabashed criticism of Germany and its policies.

The turnabout came after President Donald Trump publicly bashed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on the military alliance and confronted Germany over its trade surpluses with the USA and other trading partners.

"The Germans are bad, very bad".

What Trump failed to realize is that Western Europe is a far older, deeper-pocketed and reliable consumer of American weaponry and munitions than Sunni nations over whom we have little or no control the moment the ink is dried on these cut-rate contracts. Trump took to Twitter early in the day in the USA to attack Germany, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel ramped up her doubts about the reliability of Washington as an ally. She said Sunday at a beer-hall political rally that Europe can no longer fully rely on others, a message clearly about Washington, even if it was aimed largely at her own voters.

"You have to explain to your voters what we make of the experience of the last days", Röttgen said.

The Tuesday morning tweet was Trump's second attack on Berlin in a few days. "Very bad for US This will change", Trump tweeted on Tuesday. "Moreover, when USA consumers buy foreign goods and services (the current account), that money returns in the form of investment (the capital account). Terrible. We will stop this".

Spicer went on to say that the two heads of state "get along very well" and that Trump "has a lot of respect" for Merkel. "It was not anti-Trump", said Norbert Röttgen, a close Merkel ally who is the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the lower house of Germany's Parliament.

There are more than 1,600 German companies and 600 German joint ventures in India and the German economic profile supports excellence and expertise that match with India's development priorities of Make in India, Clean India, Skill India, Digital India, Smart Cities. "This means working in friendship with the US, United Kingdom and neighborly relationships with Russian Federation and other partners".

"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 interior minister Amber Rudd told BBC radio.

Trump also bashed the US 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.

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