Trump, Germany’s Angela Merkel clash over trade, NATO and the “Western values”

Germany and the United States emerged from the Memorial-Day-weekend in a war of words, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partner in America’s reliability to be attacked as a world power, and President Trump fired back on Twitter.

Merkel said: “on a beer rally in Munich-tent-on Sunday, Germany’s confidence” in the United States, and continental Europe “really have our fate in our own hands.”

We have a HUGE deficit in trade with Germany, and they pay FAR LESS than they should. on the NATO & military Very bad for the U.S., The change will

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) may 30, 2017

Martin Schultz, head of the Germany – social democratic party of Germany (SPD), Merkel’s coalition partner in the Federal government, went further, calling Trump a “destroyer of all Western values.”

“The Chancellor puts all of us at the summit [of NATO and the G7] like this,” said Schultz, as a Challenger to Merkel in the upcoming election in September. “I reject with indignation the way this man takes, to treat the head of our state government.”

Trump countered on Tuesday, renewed his claim Germany does not pay, full, 2 per cent of GDP in the direction of the defense — a requirement of the NATO membership. He knocked with the European economic locomotive for its trade policy.

“We have a MASSIVE deficit in trade with Germany, and they pay FAR LESS than they should be tweeted to the NATO & military,” Trump. “Very bad for the United States The change will”

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President Trump speaks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (2-L) at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, may 27, 2017.

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Economists agree with trump that the U.S. trade deficit in favour of Germany of $67.8 billion Euro per year. The trade deficit is the second largest after China, is $310 billion advantage over the United States


Trump has not expenditure Merkel on her country, the fulfilment of NATO’s guidelines for defence. Germany is one of the 23 members of NATO, has not met the 2% target for defence spending. The European economic power in 15th place among the NATO members spending only 1.2 percent of gross domestic product on military defense.

The USA, Greece, Poland, the UK and Estonia are spending the only NATO members that meet (or exceed) NATO criteria for the armed forces. A political story last week about Germany published, with the title “Trump,” said “Merkel’s economic policy really, the US hurt”


It is not the first time that anti-American rhetoric that played a role in the German election campaign. The former social democratic Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, mobilized the voters to be anti-to win American sentiments, in the 2002 election. In his memoirs, “Decision Points,” President George W. Bush accused Schröder of reneging on German support for the US in the Iraq war. Touched off a war of words between Bush and Germany’s justice, then, is the Minister.

When he was foreign Minister, Germany’s current social democratic President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, called Trump a “hate preacher.” Steinmeier’s successor as foreign Minister, the social Democrat, Sigmar Gabriel, has pivoted away from the U. S and in the direction of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Only a few days after the U. S and other world powers for a nuclear deal with Iran reached in 2015 to curb its nuclear program, Gabriel went to Iran with a delegation of the managing Director. He made a second trip to jump in the last year-start business with Iran.

Last week, Gabriel was engulfed in scandal after he a hard-line, anti-Western, anti-US Iranian cleric to the foreign office for a conference for the promotion of religious peace. The extremist Iranian religious leaders, Hamidreza Torabi, a key organizer of the Quds event in Berlin, an anti-Western rally appeared to call for the destruction of the Jewish state, in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the event.

To travel Torabi sponsors buses for pro-Hezbollah and pro-Iranian regime activists in order to Quds, which also serves as a meeting place for boycott campaigns against Israel.

Although the United States has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization Merkel, the Lebanese militant group has refused to outlaw. There are 950 active members and supporters of Hezbollah in Germany.

The Israeli Embassy told Fox News that the Federal Republic of never been invited to Torabi, to the conference.

“Any person who incites, violence has no place in a Dialog that said used religions as a Foundation for peace, tolerance and understanding between people, Nations, and religions,” the Ministry said. “Also, there is no doubt that a person who is animated to violence against Israel and the Jews in the name of God, in the city of Berlin has no place in such a dialogue, and certainly not one organized by the German government.”

Torabi, the head of the Islamic Academy of Germany, held a poster in the city centre of Berlin, in the year 2016, the anti-Israel Quds day rally calls for the “rejection of Israel” and naming scheme of the Jewish state of “illegal and criminal.”

Benjamin Weinthal reports on human rights in the Middle East and is a fellow at the Foundation for defense of democracies. Follow him on Twitter @BenWeinthal

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