Trump's Twitter remarks intensify row between US and Germany

02 Juin, 2017, 12:38 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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A spokesman said the president's remarks referred to the millions of German cars being sold in the U.S.Some economists argue that the surplus cash generated by a given country through trade often comes back to the U.S in the form of capital investment.

Trump's recent run of criticism aimed at Germany began last week at a G7 meeting, in which the President blasted traditional United States allies over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation obligations and made clear that he was more than willing to go it alone on climate change and trade.

On Sunday, Merkel showed the gravity of her concern about Washington's dependability under Trump when she warned at an election campaign event in a packed Bavarian beer tent, that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent". And while German politicians sided with Merkel, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel signalled it was time for cooler heads to prevail.

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The centre-left leader added: "That does not take anything away from the importance of transatlantic relations or the alliance with the United States".

"We certainly share the idea that the future of Europe has to be in our own hands - global challenges impose that", Italian Prime Minister gentiloni/12765" target=_blank Paolo Gentiloni said after meeting his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Rome. He added the USA president was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance. "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. So said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during his briefing on Tuesday.

In keeping with his nationalist economic agenda, he hit out in particular at Germany's substantial trade surplus with the U.S., threatening to introduce customs duties in retaliation.They said there is a need for expansion in both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership, to make it more effective, efficient and responsive to the existing challenges to worldwide peace and security and representative of the contemporary geo-political realities.

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