NATO France, Germany 'certain' Trump would honour pledges


NATO France, Germany 'certain' Trump would honour pledges

"China will continue to implement promises made in the Paris Agreement, to move towards the 2030 goal step by step steadfastly", Li said in a Berlin joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In a strongly worded statement, Merkel said US President Donald Trump's announcement to turn his back on the Paris pact was "highly regrettable, to put it very mildly".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday stressed the importance of Berlin's transatlantic alliance with the USA, but said that her country must engage with other nations.

Washington, Berlin- US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently have been fighting a war of words as tensions escalate to unprecedented measures between the two countries.

The tit-for-tat dispute escalated rapidly after Mr Trump criticised major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over their military spending and refused to endorse a global climate change accord. "This will change (sic)", he tweeted."The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over", she said.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said she was "absolutely certain" that the USA, like all other treaty members, would honour Article 5 which holds that an attack against one ally is an attack against all.

Spicer asserted that Trump views not just Germany, but the rest of Europe, as an important American allies. Trump evidently has no awareness that as many German cars are built in the United States as are imported.

Martin Schulz, leader of the center-left Social Democrats, told reporters Trump was "the destroyer of all Western values", adding that the USA president was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance. I've experienced this in the last few days.

Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel of the SPD told the Rheinische Post (link in German) that "whoever does not confront these US policies makes themselves complicit". "But the way he's going about it, I would argue particularly given a German general election campaign, is totally counterproductive". Leading Social Democrats said Monday that Merkel should have openly opposed Trump from the start rather than trying to work with him at first. And while German politicians sided with Ms Merkel, Mr Gabriel signalled that it was time for cooler heads to prevail.

But how far is Merkel really willing to go?

"NATO essentially says to every American: You won't have to fight alone", U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute told The New Yorker previous year.

Conde said he was optimistic that the military cooperation with the United Kingdom wouldn't be disrupted by its exit from the EU. Interesting, she doesn't talk about Trump.

Brussels and Washington failed to get the TTIP deal approved before Trump's predecessor, president Barack Obama, left office. If Germany wants to cooperate with France on security, France is likely to look to Germany to make concessions on economic governance and spending.