Spicer Says President Trump’s Relationship With Angela Merkel is ‘Fairly Unbelievable’
The idea that there’s any tension in the relationship between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is fake news. So said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during his briefing on Tuesday.
This, despite comments from Merkel over the weekend in which she said, “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days.”
And this despite a Tweet from Trump on Tuesday morning, in which he called out Germany for having a large trade deficit with the U.S. and not paying their fair share on defense spending.
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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017
Ignore all that, Spicer said. In fact, said the Press Secretary, the Trump-Merkel relationship is “fairly unbelievable.”
“They get along very well,” Spicer said. “He has respect for her.”
Spicer went on to say that the quote from Merkel was taken out of context.
She said, “The time when Europe could solely rely on others is somewhat in the past. And as I have witnessed in the past few days, Europe must take its fate into its own hands. This means working in friendship with the U.S., U.K., and neighborly relationships with Russia and other partners.”
That’s great. That’s what the President called for.
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