Days after attending his first G7 summit, President Trump tweeted out Tuesday that Germany, a central country in the European Union and a steadfast U.S. ally, "will change" in regards to its trade deficit and NATO.
Trump's tweet came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this weekend that Germany and the EU can no longer "completely" rely on the United States for support.
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
"I experienced that in the last a few days, and therefore I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States and in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever it is possible, also with Russia and also with all the other countries," Merkel said.
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017
Trump is also set to make other decisions that could potentially impact relationships in Europe.