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Trump Is Worried About The Trade Deficit With Germany. He Needn't Be

Kenny Thornton | 04 June, 2017, 11:38

"MII Mittelstand - started in September 2015 to facilitate entry into the Indian market has been a major success", Modi said addressing the India-Germany business summit also attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Very bad for US.Spicer said Trump feels that he and Merkel have a "fairly unbelievable" relationship.

"That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future", she said. "This is what I have experienced in the last few days".

'We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military. "This means working in friendship with the USA, the United Kingdom, and neighborly relations with Russian Federation and other partners", Spicer said. "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.

But how far is Merkel really willing to go? Friends don't "spy on each other", she said, and then moved on to calm tensions. She said European powers "needed to take our fate into our own hands", which prompted Trump to fire off an angry tweet assailing the trade gap with Germany and vowing to make the country spend more on defense. David Frum deemed it a "catastrophe for U.S. -Europe relations".

But Macron aides say their new leader's ultimate goal is to draw the American president in, not push him away.

Things are no better on Europe's eastern front, where the governing parties of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have all been chastised by the same euroliberals who look to Merkel for leadership.

Each time we think we can't get any more embarrassed or disgusted over the talk and actions of President Donald Trump, we find we can, in fact, be more embarrassed - and disgusted.

'Trump's climate claims on China, India false'
It's true that India is seeking global assistance to help defray the costs of meeting its goals under the agreement . Trump said he intends to exit the Paris climate agreement , and that got Macron in front of a camera.

Trump criticized Germany's trade surplus with the United States, tying the issue to Berlin's military spending.

Whatever electoral benefit Merkel might gain from her statements about Trump, neither Europe nor the US can afford a rupture in their Atlantic partnership.

He added: "That's what the President [Trump] called for".

Clearly frustrated by Trump's openly mercurial behaviour during the G7 meetings last week, Merkel chose to give voice to her irritation during a rally in Munich.

"The shortsighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union", he said.

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.

The tweets echo comments reported last week by Der Spiegel when he said, "The Germans are bad, very bad", referring to "millions" of German cars sold in the U.S.

The sharp words from Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour overseas which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit, the German website Local.de reported. Now 28 nations strong, NATO can point to a long list of accomplishments: mostly successfully containing Moscow's trouble-making; ending the deadly Balkan wars in the 1990s; working jointly to address worldwide threats; and bringing stability and prosperity to North America and to much of Europe, a continent ravaged twice in the span of 30 years by world wars.

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