President Trump has fired back at German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her comments that Europe needs to “take our fate into our own hands” and can no longer rely on other countries.
Trump took to Twitter to respond, saying that the relationship between Germany and the U.S. is not “very bad” and “will change.” He blasted Merkel for insufficient payments to NATO, adding that German economy needs the U.S. more than the U.S. needs Germany.
We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017
According to the Daily Caller:
After Trump and Merkel met twice during his foreign trip, both at the NATO summit in Brussels and the G-7 gathering in Sicily, she said “Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.”
“The times in which we could rely fully on others — they are somewhat over,” Merkel said at a rally Sunday. “This is what I experienced in the last few days.”
“I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands — of course in friendship with the United States of America, in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever that is possible also with other countries, even with Russia.”