German Chancellor Angela Merkel Vows 'More Decisive Action Than Ever' On Climate

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2017

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has slammed President Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks about Germany, saying that publicly attacking Chancellor Angela Merkel was "unacceptable".

"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", he wrote. "Very bad for U.S. This will change", he tweeted.

The remarks came soon after G7 and NATO summits, where news reports suggested that not all was well between her and Trump, who is leading the USA towards a more protectionist stance on economic issues and has called for NATO to pay for their share of expenditure of the Atlantic military alliance.

While the public is more familiar with the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States, the German-U.S. relationship has arguably been more important.

"Transatlantic ties are of paramount importance to us. but the current situation gives more reasons to take our destiny in our own hands", she said Tuesday.

"This decision can not and will not stop those of us who feel obligated to protect our Earth", she said.

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

When Trump returned over the weekend from the first foreign trip of his presidency, his aides hailed the tour as a success and a sign of renewed and bolder U.S. leadership on the world stage.

"They met in Washington very extensively".

His body language on the trip demonstrated his typically brash behavior, dramatized by his demands that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies pay more for their defense and his refusal to explicitly declare that the United States backs Article 5 of the alliance's charter, which requires each member to come to the defense of each other.

"Europe must become a player active in worldwide affairs".

"The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union", he warned, judging that "the West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker".

After the Euro crisis, the migrant crisis, the rise of the xenophobic right, and a coordinated campaign of Russian meddling, it looks to many that with Merkel and Macron at the helm Europe is getting its mojo back.

But the niggling between Merkel and Trump is becoming especially intense and increasingly political, with both apparently at least for now perceiving a domestic advantage in waging the tussle.

Asked whether there could be a "Trump effect" in Mexico's 2018 presidential elections, resulting in Mexicans electing a populist leftist leader, Videgaray said that "there is a risk" of that happening.

"This time, it is about the fundamentals of European security which Iraq was not about", said Jan Techau of the American Academy in Berlin, adding that Trump had created a great sense of "nervousness and uncertainty" in Europe.

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