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 NATO meetings.
"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," Trump tweeted early Tuesday from his personal account.
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A senior German lawmaker from the Social Democrats, the junior partner in Merkel's ruling coalition, has since responded, saying that Trump's tweet makes clear that he views Germany as a political opponent.
"Donald Trump makes clear with his tweet that he views Germany as a political opponent," Thomas Oppermann, head of the Social Democrats' (SPD) parliamentary group, told reporters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile Social Democrat party leader, Martin Schulz reportedly called Trump a "destroyer of Western values."
The tweet echoed language Trump reportedly used last Thursday in a meeting with European Union officials in Brussels in which he said, "The Germans are bad, very bad."
Trump made the comments to EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel.
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On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel charged that Europe could no longer rely on its traditional allies in a swipe at the U.S. following difficult G7 and NATO summits.
Merkel did not mention by name the U.S. President, who criticized major NATO allies and refused to endorse a global climate change accord, but she told a packed beer tent in Munich that the days when Europe could completely count on others were "over to a certain extent".
"I have experienced this in the last few days," she said. "And that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands."