Germany’s Merkel Signals Deepening Rift With US Under Trump

Trump on Thursday had alleged 23 out of the 28-member nations owed "massive amounts of money" to U.S. taxpayers

Germany's Angela Merkel said Europe could no longer "fully count on others" in a speech over the weekend, a sign of the widening cracks in the Germany-U.S. relationship, NBC News reported.

"All I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands," the German leader said at a campaign event in Bavaria. "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days."

Although Merkel didn't mention President Donald Trump by name, her blunt remarks followed a bruising series of meetings with Trump at the NATO summit in Belgium and then at the G-7 gathering in Italy.

Trump on Thursday had alleged 23 out of the 28-member nations owed "massive amounts of money" to U.S. taxpayers, and he also did not explicitly promise to protect America's NATO allies if they came under attack.

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