Trump criticises Germany after Merkel questioned United States reliability

U.S. President Donald Trump responded to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent speech in which she called the United States and United Kingdom uncertain allies after contentious G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings.

President Trump tweeted just hours ago, "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017 Germany's trade surplus with the United States stood at just under $65 billion previous year, according to US government data, and is hovering around $14 billion after the first three months of 2017, making it the fifth largest in terms of USA deficits.

Trump's tweet comes just after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union can no longer "fully count on others"-an apparent jab on the U.S".

Mrs Merkel also used her campaign rally to urge European Union nations to stick together in the face of emerging policy divisions with the US, Britain's decision to leave the bloc and other challenges on the horizon.

Merkel is scheduled to meet with China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

Making a reference to terrorism, Modi said it was a big problem that faces future generations and all forces of humanity must come together to fight the menace.

The U.S. -German relationship has been a crucial check on Russian Federation for decades, but it appears to be fraying.

Speaking after a meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she went out of her way to laud the South Asian country as a "reliable partner" on major projects and noted that India was working hard to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who often pulls her rhetorical punches, her weekend message signaling a shift in the post-war order was uncharacteristically blunt.

"At the last IGC in New Delhi, we had set up a fast-track system for German companies to invest in India and that has shown very good results, especially the Mittlestand (medium enterprises) companies", Modi told reporters.

After failing to sway Trump, Merkel has turned her attention to forging consensus among other G-20 nations at a summit meeting she's hosting in Hamburg in July. Trump's refusal to give allies any indication of whether he would stay in the Paris climate agreement left a bad taste.

"We are meant for each other", Modi said. "I've experienced that in the last few days".


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