Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump escalates feud as Germany's Merkel blinks

Trump escalates feud as Germany's Merkel blinks

"The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over", she told the rally in Munich.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

"That's great", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday in reaction to Merkel's remarks. "Democracy and diversity are the pillars of a values-based global order".

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also blasted the United States, saying the Trump administration's "short-sighted policies stand against the interest of the European Union".

Days earlier, in Saudi Arabia, Trump had presided over the single largest U.S. arms deal in American history, worth United States dollars 110 billion over the next decade and including ships, tanks and anti-missile systems.

"I will continue to work to ensure that the 27 member states work together effectively and, above all, in a forward-looking way", she said at the time, adding that Trump's positions on the defense organization had "been known for a while". Many are anxious that Germany's new perspective - along with Trump's "America First" approach to worldwide relations and the U.K.'s divorce from the European Union - threatens to upend the post-WWII order that has provided stability in Europe for more than 70 years.

"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", he wrote. His administration has previously said that Germany's trade surplus is a result of the country's manipulation of the euro (Exchange: EUR=).

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Macron on May 7 defeated Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front in the second round of France's presidential election . Macron's invitation for Putin was a surprise after his tough stance on Russian Federation during the French election.

Even Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, pulled back on the idea that Trump had any specific problem with German trade policy, despite his statements and tweets. Merkel's patience with the president seems to be wearing thin, and her call to Europeans seems aimed to draw inward and look to internal support so as to not be as reliant on outside countries that could turn on Europe at any second.

She said "it's necessary to be open to achieve fair trade conditions".

Days after President Donald Trump returned from his first overseas trip as the president, he warned that the U.S.

"Europe and the world are facing lots of challenges and to fight those, India believes, the world needs the strong leadership of Chancellor Merkel", Modi added.

"Chancellor Merkel, she called a couple days ago on the Europeans to take their fate in their own hands", Wittig responded.

Merkel said "India with its 1.25 billion people is a partner. and of highest importance".

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