German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to accept US President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend the G7 summit in person, originally scheduled for 10-12 June but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, comes amid a spate of heated disagreements between the two leaders, according to POLITICO.
In a call this week between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the two reportedly had heated disagreements on topics including NATO, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, and relations with China, according to an unnamed senior US official, cited by POLITICO.
Donald Trump, writes the outlet, has repeatedly criticised Germany, and Chancellor Merkel specifically, over issues such as Berlin’s defence spending and commitment to NATO, while Merkel, in turn, publicly took issue with the Washington administration’s “unilateral approach” to a succession of foreign policy issues.
There has been no official comment from the White House or the German government on the report.
The information comes as Angela Merkel turned down Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a G-7 summit, citing considerations linked with the overall COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The Nord Stream 2 Debate
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