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First it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel who gave
indications that all was not well between Germany and its traditional allies Britain
and America. She slammed the two countries saying Germany could no longer trust
its "traditional allies". According to a report in The Guardian, while
speaking at an election rally in Munich, German Chancellor said “the times in
which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over".
Elections in Germany are due in September 2017.
The recently concluded NATO and G7 Summits between the
world's most industrialized nations saw differences between the world's most
powerful and influential leaders coming out in open. The Guardian described the
summits as "bruising meetings" while The Telegraph wrote that the
impression after the G7 Summit was, "that, for the first time in decades,
more divides industrialised Western powers than unites them". Without naming
Trump, Merkel described the Sicily G7 Summit as “six against one” saying as “the
result of the talks was very difficult, if not to say very unsatisfactory”, The
Guardian report said.
But Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel didn't mince
his words while taking on Trump. Following Merkel's harsh words, he blamed
Trump for "weakening the west". "The short-sighted policies of
the American government stand against the interests of the European Union (EU).
The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker", a CNN report
quoted him saying. And the charge of "standing against the interests of
the European Union" is not baseless. Donald Trump has been vocally anti-EU.
Trump has also termed ‘Brexit a great development for the UK’.
How Donald Trump is becoming a controversial figure in Germany
also becomes clear from the reaction of Martin Schulz, Merkel's main political
rival and a former president of the European Parliament. According to a report
in The Hill, Schulz has slammed Trump, "The chancellor represent all of us
at summits like these. And I reject with outrage the way this man takes it upon
himself to treat the head of our country's government. That is
This was enough for Trump to react it seems. And he
expressed his displeasure and anger through a tweet again reminding Germany of
the "massive trade deficit" that the country has with the US and its
"far less" NATO contribution than required and added that he was going
to change it.
Donald J. TrumpVerified account
We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay
FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will
4:10 PM - 30 May 2017
On May 25, Donald Trump had charged Germans for cornering
business and jobs in the US. While blasting Germans, Trump had said, "The
Germans are bad, very bad. See the millions of cars they are selling to the U.S.
Terrible. We will stop this." In response to Trump’s criticism, Sigmar
Gabriel had quipped that the US automakers needed to come up with better cars.
He termed products of American automakers “worse, weaker and more expensive”,
an Associated Press report said.
And during the G7 Summit also, he behaved like he was acting
unilaterally. While six G7 members, Germany, France, Italy, Britain, Japan and Canada
reiterated their commitment for the 2015 Paris climate deal, Trump remained
non-committal saying he needed more time to think over it. Merkel was blunt in
her criticism over Trump's stand saying the developments say the US will not
stay with the climate deal.
Trump has been a vocal critic of the Paris climate deal and
he had promised to cancel the deal if he became the US President. And according
to a Daily Mail report, Trump has "made up his mind to withdraw US from
Paris climate deal". The G7 Summit said it would fight against protectionism
while protectionism has been a cornerstone of Trump administration.