micdotcom: After Trump’s visit, Germany’s Angela Merkel says…

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After Trump’s visit, Germany’s Angela Merkel says Europe can no longer depend on the U.S.

  • After a series of faux pas by Trump in Brussels — including when he appeared to shove a fellow NATO leader — Merkel said at a campaign rally, “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days.”
  • “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she said, adding, “We have to fight for our own destiny.”
  • President Trump has publicly insisted the trip was a “great success.”
  • The apparent vote of no confidence from one of the U.S.’ closest allies may be unlikely to deter the president, but it does reflect growing discord with Europe over a number of issues, including climate change, Russian territorial aggression, and trade. Read More (5/29/17 9:42 AM)

Trump says Germany is “very bad for US,” days after German chancellor laced into Trump

  • Trump picked a public fight with Germany on Tuesday, tweeting that trade deals with the country are “very bad for U.S.” and “will change.”
  • “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military,” Trump tweeted. “Very bad for U.S. This will change.”
  • A report from German media said Trump told top European Union officials that Germany was “bad” or “evil” because of their trade deals with the U.S. — according to a translation from Der Spiegel
  • Sean Spicer tweeted the Der Spiegel account was “not true” — though Trump’s Tuesday tweet directly contradicts that denial. Read more (5/30/17 9:15 AM)