Reinhard Krause | Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as also U.S. President Donald Trump are seen as they pose for a family photo at the start of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, vowing to stay in office despite challenges at home as well as also abroad, said she would likely work on Germany’s “under pressure” relationship with the United States yet of which Washington could no longer be relied on to deliver world order.
In a wide-ranging news conference, Merkel described Germany’s relationship with the United States as “crucial”, even after President Donald Trump last week accused Berlin of being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance.
Merkel, 64, is usually facing criticism at home as well as also abroad as she tries to hold together her fractious coalition dogged by infighting over immigration policy while also dealing with Trump as well as also a raft of foreign policy challenges including Brexit.
Last week, Trump said Germany was wrong to support an $11-billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import even more Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for NATO spending – a decision he described as “a horrific thing.”
Asked about her working relationship with Trump, Merkel said: “One can say of which the values, or our usual framework, are under strong pressure at the moment.”
“However, the transatlantic working relationship, including with the U.S. president, is usually crucial for us as well as also I will carry on cultivating the idea,” she added.
Merkel, a conservative who grew up in Communist East Germany, welcomed Trump’s invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in Washington This particular autumn as well as also said the idea should become normal again for U.S. as well as also Russian leaders to meet.
yet she added of which she had been right to say a year ago of which Europe could no longer rely on the United States to impose order on the globe, as well as also of which the idea needed to take matters close to home into its own hands.
“We can’t rely on the superpower of the United States,” Merkel said, describing possible U.S. tariffs on imported cars as “a real threat to the prosperity of many inside globe”.