Published: Thu, January 19, 2017
Health | By Kristina Bennett

Trump has 'enormous respect' for Merkel, says aide

Trump has 'enormous respect' for Merkel, says aide

Trump warned German auto companies that he would impose a border tax of 35 percent on vehicles imported to the US market, in a newspaper interview published on Monday.

"Number two, the countries aren't paying what they're supposed to pay", Trump told the Times.

Mr. Trump also attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal immigration policies for leaving her country open to terrorism, praised Britain's vote to leave the European Union, and criticized the EU a a vehicle for Berlin to dominate the continent.

"I think she's been extraordinarily courageous, I think she's been extraordinarily important to Europe as an entity and we, the Obama administration, have valued her leadership enormously", he said. "There are mutual interest".

Trump said Germany had only recently gotten a clear impression of the consequences of Merkel's migration policy, without elaborating.

"We can see that he has less faith in institutions such as the UN, Nato and the EU". "The more he makes this sort of statement, the more Europeans close ranks", Sapin told reporters.

"Russia's hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit", said the president-elect, who has previously expressed admiration for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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However, Hollande did not agree with the criticism of the European Union countries."I say it here, Europe will always be willing to pursue transatlantic cooperation, but it will determine its path on the basis of its own interests and values".

"It's obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago", Trump told German-based Bild, according to Bloomberg.

In Moscow, Peskov urged caution, instead saying that the Kremlin would "have patience and wait for Mr. Trump to take office as president of the USA before evaluating specific initiatives". Since he was sacked past year by Prime Minister Theresa May, it is considered another tweak, similar to Trump's having met with Nigel Farage, founder of the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).

Already he has called Brexit a "great idea", saying it had paved the way for other countries to leave the block.

"I think we have to be very careful about suggesting that one's strongest leaders in Europe, and most important players with respect to where we are heading, made one mistake or another". They came out against any plan by Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and warned that it could ratchet up tensions with the Arab world.

Merkel told German industry leaders on Monday that she would remain committed to free trade, in an indirect rebuttal to Trump's comments about border taxes on auto imports. "Make no mistake: you should be very anxious right now". Merkel in November said she could not promise the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target would be met "in the near future".

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