Trump Rails At Germany, Escalates Row After Tense Summit
U.S. President Donald Trump called Germany’s trade and spending policies “very bad” on Tuesday, intensifying a row between the allies and immediately earning himself the moniker “destroyer of Western values” from a leading German politician.
Trump took to Twitter early in the day to attack Germany a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed doubts about the reliability of Washington as an ally.
The tit-for-tat row had escalated rapidly after Trump criticised major NATO allies over their military spending and refused to endorse a global climate change accord at back-to-back summits on May 26.
On Monday, Merkel showed how seriously concerned she is about Washington’s dependability under Trump, by repeating the message she delivered a day earlier that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were “over to a certain extent.”
Those comments, which sent shock waves through Washington, vented Europe’s frustration with Trump on climate policy in particular.
Senior German politicians responded swiftly to Trump’s tweet.
Martin Schulz, leader of the centre-left Social Democrats, told reporters that Trump was “the destroyer of all Western values;” adding that the U.S. president was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance.
“One must stand in the way of such a man with his ideology of rearmament,” Schulz added.
Thomas Oppermann, head of the Social Democrats’ parliamentary group, told reporters, “Donald Trump makes clear with his tweet that he views Germany as a political opponent.”
See Trump’s controversial tweet:
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 change
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017
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