Trump has fairly 'unbelievable relationship' with Merkel: WH

Merkel, for instance, announced last spring that she wanted to increase Germany's annual defence budget by $27 billion (U.S.) over the next three years.

The fact that Merkel reiterated many of her points on Monday showed it was no accident. "He has a lot of respect for her", he said during a press briefing at the White House, adding that both leaders developed their "bond" during last week's G7 meeting.

The intervention by the U.S. president marked the latest sign of escalating tensions between Berlin and Washington following last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meeting at which the USA president clashed with European allies on several issues, including the US' continued commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Paris climate agreement.

Merkel is scheduled to meet with China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang on May 31. She's also looking to French President Emmanuel Macron as an ally in strengthening the euro area.

In a speech to a German-Indian business forum later on Tuesday, Merkel took another tilt at a president elected on a ticket of "America First", referring to "a whole series of protectionist tendencies" emerging worldwide.

In response to her comments, Britain said it would be a "strong partner" to Germany.

"This takes nothing away from the importance of our trans-Atlantic ties and our alliance with the United States", he said.

President Donald Trump is criticizing Germany again, intensifying tensions between the two countries even more.

At a series of diplomatic meetings last week, President Donald Trump disappointed European allies on issues related to defense, Russian Federation and climate change.

The SPD have made clear they will resist pressure from Trump for Germany to ramp up defense spending, another issue that resonates well with German voters.

But Martin Schulz, leader of Gabriel's centre-left Social Democrats, was less emollient earlier in the day when he told reporters Trump was "the destroyer of all Western values". She talked to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin about developing cooperation with India.

It's also not the first time a German chancellor has clashed with a U.S. president. He said that last week Trump "re-affirmed the need to deepen and improve our transatlantic relationship".

"We do not have the right to spoil the environment for future generations. that is, morally speaking, a crime on our part", Modi said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The days that Berlin counts on its allies were "over to a certain extent", Merkel said at a Munich beer hall on Sunday, adding, "we have to know that we must fight for our own, for our destiny as Europeans".

Modi, the prime minister of the world's largest democracy, welcomed a stronger global role for the European Union and expressly lauded the bloc's most powerful leader.

Modi pledged India's commitment to democracy and a strong European Union.

German officials have repeatedly insisted that, as a member of the European Union, they can not conduct bilateral trade talks with the United States and that they are not ready to dramatically increase military spending.

On May 25, Trump drew controversy in German media for allegedly telling European Officials (EU) in a closed door meeting that the "Germans are bad, very bad". Mr. Trump's immigration order is the antithesis of Germany's immigration policy.

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