German ambassador to US: 'Healthy relationship' between Trump, Merkel

"This is a healthy relationship".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer, asked about the President's relationship with Ms Merkel, told a news briefing: "They get along very well".

"The NATO alliance has been perhaps irreparably damaged because they believe Americans have shown themselves too ignorant, too tribal, to hateful of each other, and (too) divided to care", Eichenwald said. The President went on to say that the non-payment was "unfair" to the US and her tax payers, a comment that gave rise to several doubts about whether he considers the allocations for defense of the countries as payments due to the USA itself.

"For that reason it's important to us that we make progress on the German-Indian, or rather EU-Indian free trade agreement", she said at a Berlin business forum where she shared a platform with PM Modi.

The fallout from the discordant European leg of US President Donald Trump's first major overseas trip continues to reverberate in capitals around the world.

Also on Monday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel accused Trump of making the West as a whole "weaker" with his "short-sighted policies".

"The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over", she said at a campaign event from a Bavarian beer tent in Munich on Sunday.

Trump has also repeatedly criticised Germany its persistent trade surplus with the US.

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Since taking power past year , Duterte has sought to improve ties with China that deteriorated under predecessor Benigno Aquino . It is but natural that when you talk about peace and when you talk about conflict, the word "war" may come up", Cayetano said.

Martin Schulz, leader of the center-left Social Democrats, told reporters Trump was "the destroyer of all Western values", adding that the U.S. president was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance.

"During his conversations at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and at the G7, the president reaffirmed the need to deepen and improve our transatlantic relationship", he said, as reporters asked him about the general impression that all is not well between USA and Germany, PTI reported. He has a lot of respect for her.

The visit by Asian leaders in quick succession have led to the western media calling it an "Asian pivot" to Europe and Germany, the most important pillar of the European Union now that Britain was preparing to exit the largest single market.

Trump launched a salvo against German auto exports to the United States last week, saying that "the Germans are bad, very bad" during a meeting with senior European officials in Brussels, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported.

Trump is now mad at Merkel. She said "it's necessary to be open to achieve fair trade conditions".

According to DW, Trump's seemingly anti-German and anti-European stance during his recent global trip, his first since becoming president, has drawn a defiant, but concerned response from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who over the past few days has suggested that the transatlantic alliance was on shaky ground.

Mr Dubke, a communications firm owner who was brought into the Trump administration in March, submitted his resignation on 18 May, though he has not set a last day on the job and is leaving on good terms, according to Axios News, which first reported his departure, citing a senior administration official.

Merkel, that famously unbreakable pillar at Europe's center, surely understands this, and she's weathered vitriol from Trump in the past without cracking.

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