Donald Trump reacts to Angela Merkel comments about the unreliability of the US under Trump.
“We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for US,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday and then warned “This will change.”
The German Chancellor had recently said that Germany cannot rely on the US under Trump for any longer.
Her comments came as she was speaking in a campaign event taking place in a Bavarian beer tent. Merkel stressed on the need for friendly and good relations with the US as well as Britain and Russia.
“We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands,” she added.
Merkel said that as the traditional western coalition is endangered the US under Trump and Brexit.
“The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over,” she said.
Merkel’s comments followed Trump’s decision of taking the time to think about whether he will keep backing the Paris climate deal, which has irritated European diplomats.
On Monday, Merkel revealed her uncertainty about the reliability of the US as an ally again. But the German Councelor showed how “convinced trans-Atlanticist” she is.
The US under Trump
Trump has also been criticized and nicknamed as a “security risk for the West” by Thomas Opperman, the leader of the Social Democrats (SDP).
He said the Trump and his administration “chatter too much” and could provide important information to Russia.
“This is a dangerous situation. It cannot continue as it is. This endangers the information exchange and can be dangerous for both sides,” He continued.
Germany’s foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, stated that Trump’s ‘short-sighted’ strategies and policies had ‘weakened the West’.
Gabriel said: “Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk.
“The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union. The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker.”