German Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn't appear to be President Donald Trump's biggest fan after he made a series of diplomatic missteps during his recent trip overseas, saying that Europe needs to look out for itself.
US President Donald Trump called Germany's trade and spending policies "very bad" - intensifying a row between the longtime allies and immediately earning himself the moniker "destroyer of Western values" from a leading German politician.
When news emerged in 2013 that the USA government had monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's communications for years, Merkel sent a firm but conciliatory message to Washington, The Washington Post written.
The U.S. president labeled both things "very bad for U.S".
In January, the White House accused Germany of exploiting an undervalued euro to boost its trade advantage, despite Berlin's long opposition to the European Central Bank's loose monetary policy. "The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", she said about the group of seven (G7) discussions on climate in which Mr Trump participated while in Taormina, Italy.
"Donald Trump is making clear with his tweet that he considers Germany a political opponent", said Thomas Oppermann, the parliamentary caucus leader of the Social Democrats, the junior partners in Merkel's coalition government. "We will stop this".
The largest German factory in the world, a BMW plant, is located in SC, according to Forbes.
US President Donald Trump delivers a speech during the unveiling ceremony of the new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.
Modi, who along with Merkel held the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) to set a roadmap for the bilateral strategic ties, said they conducted a comprehensive review of bilateral relations.
He also said that Ms Merkel's comment was not necessarily negative. -German relations, and there's not really much reason for that to be the case.
On May 28, Merkel stated during a campaign rally that Germany would have to take a more active role in world affairs.
"The discussions with the United States of America are just as important as with other partners - the transatlantic relations is of incredible importance", she said during a joint news conference with Modi. He praised Merkel's experience and Germany's economic example to India. "He has a lot of respect for her. and he views not just Germany but the rest of Europe as an important American ally".
The remarks come as the relationship between Germany and the United States reaches its lowest point in recent decades.
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.
"It's not the Germans' fault that they make good products that the United States want to buy".
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