German candidate slams Trump's 'unacceptable' treatment of Merkel
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's rival slammed President Trump's behavior toward Merkel as "unacceptable," seeming to blame the chancellor for allowing herself to be treated improperly, according to a German media outlet's translation of a speech.
 
Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament who is considered Merkel's top opponent in the September election, said the leader of the country should not "allow him or herself to be treated in" the way Trump treated Merkel at the recent Group of 7 (G7) summit, Deutsche Welle reported.
 
 
 
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"Election campaign or no election campaign, in this situation let me be entirely clear: the chancellor represents all of us at summits like these," Schulz said. "And I reject with outrage the way this man takes it upon himself to treat the head of our country's government. That is unacceptable."

Merkel said Sunday that after her conversations with Trump at the G7, Germany could no longer "completely depend" on the U.S. as a partner.

She also called her talks with Trump on climate change "unsatisfying."

But on Monday, Merkel’s spokesman said the chancellor remains focused on strengthening ties with Washington.

“[They] are a strong pillar of our foreign and security policy, and Germany will continue working to strengthen these relations,” Steffen Seibert told The Associated Press Monday about the United States. “Precisely because they are so important, it’s right to name differences honestly."