Trump has fairly 'unbelievable relationship' with Merkel: WH

Carla Harmon
May 31, 2017

The relationship between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "fairly unbelievable", the White House has said.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the two leaders get along "very well" and are growing a "bond" they had during their talks in the G7.

Donald Trump began his first foreign trip as president with a visit to a totalitarian, Islamist state that stones adulterers, beheads dissidents, exports fundamentalist Islam throughout the Middle East, and, according to Trump circa 2016, orchestrated the 9/11 attacks.

The American tycoon-turned-president backed a pledge to fight protectionism at the end of a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday.

His decision not to explicitly endorse the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitment to defend allies if they're attacked raised particular alarm among former diplomats, especially since his failure to do so comes just as Russian Federation has become more militarily assertive.

"The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over", Merkel said at a beer hall rally to support her campaign.

The frustrations began in Brussels when Trump renewed his attack on Germany's trade surplus and vehicle exports in a private meeting with European Union officials.

However, Trump blasted back against Merkel on Tuesday, tweeting Americans "have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO&military".

On May 25, Trump drew controversy in German media for allegedly telling European Officials (EU) in a closed door meeting that the "Germans are bad, very bad". More importantly, Germany is part of the European Union and therefore trades with the USA and other nations as a bloc.

Merkel on Monday repeated nearly word for word her message from Sunday, when she told her Bavarian conservative allies in a packed Munich beer tent that "we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands".

Spicer gamely tried to deny the report, insisting that European Commission chairman Jean-Claude Juncker had confirmed that "Trump was not aggressive on German trade surplus". Former President Obama knew this; he had his differences with Merkel, but, as he said last week in Berlin, "in this new world that we live in, we can't isolate ourselves".

By shifting rhetoric now, she is effectively acknowledging that she can not guarantee a positive outcome in Hamburg, and by singling out America, reduces the risk of being blamed for a G20 failure two months before the German vote.

The SPD have made clear they will resist pressure from Trump for Germany to ramp up defense spending, another issue that resonates well with German voters.

She said following the election of the U.S President Donald Trump and Brexit, Europeans "really have to take destiny into their own hands".

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

Senior German politicians responded swiftly to his tweet. He is pushing aggressively for an "America First" policy, even as Germany remains in the forefront of keeping the European Union together. In fact, a population survey conducted in eight North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies showed that Americans and Canadians have the strongest commitment to defending their allies.

President Trump earlier this year had praised Ms Merkel, claiming he had "one of the best chemistries" with the German leader.

I mean, how can Trump be the one to blame if his election was the result of his predecessor's faults?

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