Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by stance

The relation between the German and the United States strained under President Trump who has been furious with the trade surplus that Germany runs with the United States and the country's refusal to meet the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 2 percent of GDP spending on the military.

His comments echo several previous remarks of the same kind he has made, notably during recent meetings with European leaders in Brussels, where he called the Germans "bad, very bad" because of the trade deficit they had allegedly inflicted on the US.

In an interview Tuesday on Fox News, Conway said Dubke "made very clear that he would see through the president's global trip, and come to work every day and work hard even through that trip because there was much to do here back at the White House".

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says he shares German Chancellor Angela Merkel's sentiment that Europeans must take their future into their own hands.

Trump's response came in the early hours of Tuesday when he took to Twitter to once again demand that Germany renegotiate the terms of transatlantic trade and boost its defense spending.

India's prime minister says it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

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Merkel's message in Munich was the product of rising frustration with Trump, whose first visit to Europe was deeply disturbing to the Germans, according to several officials. She said "it's necessary to be open to achieve fair trade conditions".

"The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union", Gabriel said.

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.

On Sunday, Merkel said at a rally in Bavaria that Europeans must "take our destiny into our own hands". Modi suggested that India will adhere to the Paris climate accords, while Trump makes up his mind. "I've experienced that in the last few days".

His administration has argued that USA emissions standards are tougher than those set by China, India and others, and therefore have put American businesses at a disadvantage.

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