Trump has 'unbelievable relationship' with Merkel: White House

At his White House withdrawal announcement, Trump complained that the global agreement, signed by 197 countries during the previous Obama administration, was "unfair" to American workers that imposed "draconian" restrictions on the U.S. sovereignty and domestic economic activities.

Trump tweeted: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military". On trade, he said that Germany was "bad, very bad", because it's unfair, apparently, that Americans like its cars. -European relations. Trump's comments came in an early-morning tweet on Tuesday issued just as Merkel hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin, where they held a joint cabinet meeting and signed cooperation agreements.

"We are all connected with one another", Modi said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday downplayed suggestions that her bid to further develop relations with India and China was a signal that Berlin and the European Union were moving away from their traditional allies in London and Washington.

At a regularly scheduled news conference Thursday, Hua said: "No matter whether other countries' positions may change, we will continue to uphold" a model of sustainable development.

"That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future", she said.

Trump's shaky grasp of trade policy - or manufacturing in the USA generally - notwithstanding, he has already done grave injury to an alliance of democratic nations at a time when the common threat is more obvious than ever: a territorially ambitious Vladimir Putin.

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She said the deal embodies the "broadest consensus" of the worldwide community about how to cope with the climate change. To recap, the Paris Agreement is a 195-nation treaty - now 194 - that sets standards for countries to reduce emissions.

Spicer also told reporters that the White House views Germany and other European countries as important allies.

From across the Atlantic, The Washington Post reported that the bilateral strains mean that the USA has, to some extent, lost the trust of one of Europe's most pro-American leaders.

Spicer described Trump's personal relationship with Merkel as excellent.

But how far is Merkel really willing to go?

Germany is the largest trading partner for India in the European Union and one of the leading sources of foreign direct investment into the country. "Germany will have to cooperate with the US, whether it wants to or not", he said.

He had begun attacking Germany and Merkel during his election campaign previous year.

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