President Trump returned fire at Chancellor Angela Merkel in a Tweet that likely served as a response to disparaging comments she aimed at Trump and the United States after last week’s G7 summit in Italy.
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
“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,” wrote the President.
His tweet came on the heels of statements made by Merkel, who inferred that Germany and the EU can longer depend on the United States as a reliable ally under Trump – an assertion that many in the U.S. would likely find encouraging as Merkel seems intent on continuing to perpetuate an unprecedented flood of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, regardless of the expense or negative effects on the culture of the continent and safety of its citizens.
“We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands,” she said after last week’s G7 summit with Trump and other world leaders. “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”
“The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying.”
Trump has called Merkel’s immigration decisions a “catastrophic mistake,” also asserting that the EU has become “a vehicle for Germany.”
President Trump made waves at the summit, as he was the lone head of state to diverge in the discussion of ‘anthropogenic climate change’ and the Paris climate change accord, which was originally supported by former president Barack Obama.
BREAKING: Group of Seven final declaration says U.S. "not in a position to join consensus" on climate change.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 27, 2017
“Here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the EU, stand against one,” said Merkel on the matter. “That means there are no signals until now whether the U.S. will remain in the Paris Agreement or not.”
“We have therefore not talked around it but made clear that we the six member states and the EU remain committed to the goals of the agreement.”
Trump publicly addressed the Paris Agreements during the summit, saying he will make a final decision regarding the United States’ participation sometime this week.
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017
New reports claim that Trump intends to leave the Paris climate change agreement, and has said as much to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.
Trump put NATO leaders on notice during his speech at the coalition’s headquarters in Brussels last week, demanding they meet their financial obligations.
“23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense,” he said. “This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.”
“Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined.”
The United States currently shoulders 22.1% of the direct financial burden for NATO, also investing 3.6% of GDP into defense spending, while Germany funds 14.7% of NATO and comes in well short of the military spending commitment of 2% GDP as agreed upon by NATO members in 2006.
In 2016, the US trade deficit on goods with Germany was nearly $65 billion.