Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by stance

Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by stance

"Very bad for U.S. This will change", Trump tweeted.

Relations between Berlin and Washington are in a hard phase but the United States is "bigger and better" than the current spat shows and ties will improve again, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday.

But Trump also took every opportunity to insult, demean and dismiss this nation's most trusted allies even as he cozied up to autocrats like the king of Saudi Arabia and the president of Egypt.Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the election of the isolationist United States president have fundamentally changed Europe's security situation, Charles Lichfield, Europe Associate at the Eurasia Group said.The British decision to withdraw from the European Union and the electoral victory of Trump in the USA presidential elections seem to have aggravated German concerns.But Germany also bought $80.4 billion worth of American goods and services a year ago, more than was purchased by any other European country other than the United Kingdom.

Addressing a election campaign at a beer tent in Germany's southern state of Bavaria, Merkel said on Sunday that following the election of Trump and Brexit, Europeans "really have to take destiny into their own hands".

Those comments, which caused shock in Washington, vented Europe's frustration with Trump on climate policy in particular. "But the United States are older and bigger than the current conflict and so I think we will return to good relations in the future".

"The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over", Merkel said.

In Rome, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he agreed with Merkel that Europe needed to forge its own path.

The centre-left leader added: "That does not take anything away from the importance of transatlantic relations or the alliance with the United States. 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 favour of open societies and free trade", he said.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer, asked about the president's relationship with Merkel, told a news briefing: "I think the relationship that the president has had with Merkel, he would describe as fairly unbelievable".

"They met in Washington very extensively". He has a lot of respect for her.

Highlighting Canada's strong political and trade ties to Europe, Trudeau said: "We will always work together and highlight the shared values that are equally important on both sides of the Atlantic, including in the United States".

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