Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

German envoy to USA downplays Trump-Merkel tensions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang review the guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at the Chancellery in Berlin German envoy to USA downplays Trump-Merkel tensions
Freda Brock | 05 June, 2017, 11:41

She was prompted to make it by Trump's failure to endorse a number of common security and economic positions, most notably the core North Atlantic Treaty Organisation doctrine of collective defence, which has only ever been invoked after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, or to maintain U.S. commitment to the Paris climate accord.

As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's worldwide broadcaster, his comments echo several previous remarks of the same kind he has made, notably during recent meetings with European leaders in Brussels, where he called the Germans "bad, very bad" because of the trade deficit they had allegedly inflicted on the US. Dirsus cautioned that Germany remained reliant on the U.S., especially in terms of its military.

"I know that many cities and states, and nongovernmental entities, are committed to action on climate here in America, and we support that and will continue to", said this diplomat, who asked to speak anonymously to avoid alienating Trumpians in the White House.

"Germany's current account surplus is way too high". Trump's announcement "won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet", according to Merkel.

"The times when we could fully rely on others have passed us by a little bit".

Russia's Putin denies having compromising information on Trump
Senate Intelligence Committee about his Russian ties, invoking his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Putin attempted to flip the script by accusing the USA of meddling in elections around the world.

But if there's one thing we've learned throughout Merkel's near-12 years in office, it's to take her at her word.

On other topics, another diplomat said, Europeans have learned that a Trump tweet or blurt does not necessarily mean administration, let alone American, policy will change.

But the niggling between Merkel and Trump is becoming especially intense and increasingly political, with both apparently at least for now perceiving a domestic advantage in waging the tussle.

"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days", President Trump wrote on Twitter.

At the alliance's meeting on Thursday, Trump lambasted 23 of the alliance's 28 members - including Germany - for "still not paying what they should be paying" towards the funding of the bloc. Our friendship with the USA, the United Kingdom, our neighbourly relationship with Russian Federation and also with other countries count, of course. Leading Social Democrats said Monday that Merkel should have openly opposed Trump from the start rather than trying to work with him at first.

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