Germany doesn't want "any hint of U.S. involvement" in its fall elections, NBC News reported Tuesday.
"They communicated, very clearly: 'We got this. We don't need your help,'" a U.S. official who asked not to be named told NBC News regarding assistance from the U.S. in monitoring or safeguarding intelligence.
Social Democratic Party's Martin Schulz is German Chancellor Angela Merkel's main challenger in the elections, set to take place in September.
The refusal is "a sign of the lack of trust that seems to be growing between Germany and the United States," NBC said.
Congress and the FBI are currently investigating whether Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether there was collusion between members of Trump's campaign and Russian officials during the transition.
Merkel over the weekend at a campaign event said the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent."
"All I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands," Merkel said. "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days."
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