Merkel reiterates call for Europe to 'take fate into our own hands'

Frederick Owens
June 1, 2017

Trump refused to endorse NATO's collective defense principle or the Paris climate agreement and described Germany as "very bad" on trade during his first trip overseas as President.

In Berlin on Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the United States and Britain may no longer be completely reliable partners.

The tit-for-tat row has escalated rapidly after Trump criticized major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over their military spending and refused to endorse a global climate change accord at back-to-back summits last week.

The White House voiced agreement Tuesday with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's remark that her country can no longer depend on others for security, which spurred criticism in the US news media that President Trump had strained relations with European allies.

"Very bad for (the) US".

In Washington, Trump swiftly reacted to Merkel's comments.

Senior German politicians responded swiftly to his tweet.

"And above all else, we must not submit to Trump's arms-race logic", he added.

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They welcomed closer collaboration between India and Germany to counter these challenges through regular meetings of the Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism.

Spicer went on to say that the quote from Merkel was taken out of context.

But she also finessed her message slightly on Monday, stressing that she was a "convinced trans-Atlanticist".

Merkel, seeking to fix damage after shocking Washington on Sunday by declaring the era in which Europe could rely on its partners was somewhat over, repeatedly stressed the importance of trans-Atlantic ties but also highlighted Germany's history of cooperating with India and China in a "global world".

Modi and Merkel also attached particular importance to security, stability, connectivity and sustainable development of the blue economy in the Indian Ocean Region. In fact, said the Press Secretary, the Trump-Merkel relationship is "fairly unbelievable".

"The Chancellor's words stand on their own", Seibert said.

As the president considers wider staff changes amid growing political fallout over probes into Russian Federation and his presidential campaign, the White House said a senior aide to Trump is leaving the job.

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 U.S. towards a more protectionist stance on economic issues and has called for NATO to pay for their share of expenditure of the Atlantic alliance. Dubke, who had been in the job just three months, gave no reason for leaving.

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