President Donald Trump continued taking shots at Germany Tuesday morning, issuing a tweet slamming the European nation for paying too little for NATO and complaining about the "massive" U.S. trade deficit with the European nation.
Trump's volley comes amid rising tensions with Germany, highlighted by Chancellor Angela Merkel's remarks Sunday suggesting doubts about the strength of its alliances.
Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, Merkel said. "The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Merkel said at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.
Also Monday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called Trump's policies "short-sighted" and bad for the European Union. "The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker," Gabriel said.
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