German Businesses Fear Fallout From Trump-Merkel Discord

Claudine Rigal
Juin 1, 2017

Back in January of this year, I wrote a piece at The Hill that attempted to provide an explanation for President Donald Trump's Russophile foreign policy. "Very bad for U.S. This will change", Mr Trump tweeted.

Merkel appeared to rebuke Mr. Trump in remarks on Sunday in which she urged the European Union to stick together in the face of weakening us support.

President Donald Trump is aiming his wrath over trade at one of the largest buyers of American exports - Germany.

In his latest attack on Berlin, Trump tweeted that the U.S. was running a huge trade deficit with Germany, having previously complained that too many German cars were bought on the US.

On May 25, Trump drew controversy in German media for allegedly telling European Officials (EU) in a closed door meeting that the "Germans are bad, very bad".

Later that day, Trump publicly scolded the majority of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, including Germany, for not spending enough on their militaries.

Spicer also told reporters that the White House views Germany and other European countries as important allies.

Martin Schulz, Merkel's main challenger for the chancellery in the September elections, even admonished Trump for his "unacceptable" treatment of Merkel.

Spicer said that during a recent trip to Europe, Trump had "reaffirmed the need to deepen and improve our transatlantic relationship". Other leaders of the Group of Seven industrial powers pushed the U.S.at a weekend summit to stay.

"The times when we could fully count on others are over to a certain extent".

"Europe must become a player active in global affairs".

"The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union", he added, judging that "the West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker". I suggested that Trump's policies can be explained as a rather crude sphere of influence / balance of power strategy that seeks to make Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation into an ally against other rising powers, namely China.

And he warned against "accelerating climate change by weakening environmental protection".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europeans must take their fate into their own hands.

"Believe me, I know Trump and I know the people around him. We don't want to build a Europe against America, but America is forcing Europe to unify". "And I regard that, far from being good for peace, actually as being very unsafe".

Trump and Merkel "get along very well", Spicer said.

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