Trump rips Germany in early morning tweet

President Trump criticized Germany in a tweet early Tuesday, saying the U.S. trade deficit with the European nation will change, as will Germany's spending on NATO and its military.

“We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military,” Trump said.

“Very bad for U.S. This will change”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that her country can no longer "completely depend" on the U.S.


Merkel, who met with Trump at a Group of Seven summit one day earlier, said that Europeans "must really take our destiny into our own hands.”

"The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out," she said at a campaign rally in Munich. "I've experienced that in the last few days."

Germany's foreign minister, in the meantime, called Trump’s policies “short-sighted,” saying they stand against the European Union’s interests.

“Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk,” Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday.

“The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker.”