Spicer: Trump Has 'Fairly Unbelievable' Relationship With Merkel

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

Mr Spicer did not give a timeline for Mr Trump's decision on the Paris Agreement or any trade-related legislative changes that may be introduced with relation to the European Union and Germany.

"That's great", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday in reaction to Merkel's remarks. Although she was never a supporter of Trump, she initially expressed a willingness to collaborate with him if he respected values such as "the dignity of each and every person".

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

"This will change", he added, though he provided no details on how his administration would force Berlin to pay more to the Western military alliance or shrink what the U.S. Census Bureau says was a $64.8 billion trade deficit with Germany in 2016 (down from $74.8 billion in 2015).

"People can agree or disagree with them but they certainly feel that being part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and having a strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance where the USA is committed to it is important, simply for their existence, and I think they'll be the most frightened about what Mr Trump said or failed to say". India would move forward on its climate agenda even if the U.S. exited the Paris agreement, he said, adding politicians have "absolutely no right" to put in jeopardy the environment for future generations. "The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over", she said at a campaign event from a Bavarian beer tent in Munich on Sunday. Merkel added: "We Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands".

This caused something of an worldwide media storm, with questions around what it would look like for Europe to go it alone and what Merkel's statement would mean for U.S.

Those comments, which caused shock in Washington, vented Europe's frustration with Mr Trump on climate policy in particular.

Senior German politicians responded swiftly to his tweet. In keeping with his nationalist economic agenda, he hit out in particular at Germany´s substantial trade surplus with the USA, threatening to introduce customs duties in retaliation.

She said, "The time when Europe could exclusively rely on others is somewhat in the past. 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 favor of open societies and free trade", he said.

In a poll conducted in February, 78 percent of Germans said they were "very concerned" about Trump's policies - almost 20 percent more than those who were anxious about the politics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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