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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 05:55 PM

5. Steady drum of Trump's anti-Germany remarks raises questions

David Rising, Associated Press
Updated 5:08 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

BERLIN (AP) The steady drum of anti-German rhetoric from the United States, one of the country's traditionally closest friends, has people wondering whether to get ready for a messy breakup.

First, it was then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign trail contention that Chancellor Angela Merkel was "ruining Germany" with her decision to allow in more than 1 million asylum-seekers in 2015 and 2016. Then, as president, came his repeated criticism of the German export surplus with a focus on its popular car brands like Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen, and the accusation Berlin is shirking its NATO obligations by spending too little on defense.

So everyone thought they were prepared for Trump's arrival at the NATO summit, but were still taken aback by his attack on Germany's energy policy and joint gas pipeline venture with Moscow, which he said it leaves Berlin "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia."

"Trump at NATO Summit: It's not just bad, it's a catastrophe," the influential Sueddeutsche Zeitung headlined its story online.


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