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Trump Squares off With Merkel

President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are tangling after Merkel said Germany can no longer rely on the U.S.

Merkel and Trump

With a Tuesday morning tweet, President Trump fired back at German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a war of words between two of the world’s most powerful people.

Trump tweeted about America’s trade deficit with Germany, and Germany’s NATO commitments:

Trump’s tweet was likely a response to Merkel’s comment from over the weekend that Germany cannot “completely” rely on the U.S. anymore.

CNN reported on Monday:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her experience at recent international summits featuring US President Donald Trump showed her Europe can’t “completely” rely on the United States and other longstanding allies.

“The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over,” Merkel said at a campaign event in Munich.

The relationship between Trump, who was elected on a nationalist and populist platform, and Merkel, the strongest head of state defending the European Union, has been notably fraught. Trump apparently refused to shake Merkel’s hand at a joint meeting in Washington, D.C. in March.

Merkel, meanwhile, maintains a warm relationship with Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. Merkel and Obama appeared together at a forum in Germany last week.