Trump views Germany as political opponent: senior SPD lawmaker


US President Donald Trump called Germany's trade and spending policies "very bad" on Tuesday, intensifying a row between the allies and immediately earning himself the moniker "destroyer of Western values" from a leading German politician.

"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"He said they're very bad on trade, but he doesn't have a problem with Germany", Cohn told reporters during Trump's nine-day trip overseas.

Trump concluded his first official tour overseas on Sunday, which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israeli-occupied territories, Belgium and Italy for a G7 summit.

The foreign minister later echoed previous statements by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who over the weekend sent shockwaves through Western capitals by arguing that Europe can not rely completely on the USA or Britain.

Trump's dealings with Saudi Arabia, his refugee policy and stance on environmental issues are examples of issues that make the West "weaker", according to Gabriel.

Germany's exasperation was laid bare after the G7 summit that wrapped up on Saturday with the USA refusing to sign up to upholding the 2015 Paris climate accord.

"But the importance we give to these ties can not lead to us renouncing fundamental principles such as our commitments against climate change and for open societies and free global trade".

After a unsatisfactory G7 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday made a campaign speech in a Bavarian beer tent, grumbling Europe's alignment with the USA and Britain. And then Trump gets huffy - as evidenced by his latest round of tweets - when they respond in kind.

Trump's tweet came after meeting with European Union leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while he was traveling overseas.

"The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days", she repeated today.

"The president believes that seeing Europe and other NATO countries increase its burden sharing is a very positive thing for their own countries, for NATO as a whole and for the US", Spicer said, pointing to conversations at NATO and the G7 summits. "It is inappropriate that we are now communicating with each other between a beer tent and Twitter", he said in Berlin.

The decades-old US-Germany relationship appears to have taken a dip under Trump administration.

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.