In turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested over the weekend that her country's relationship with the U.S. had shifted.
Merkel had already begun finessing her message on Monday, stressing that she was a "convinced trans-Atlanticist", a message she repeated after a meeting with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin. It's an antidote. Europeans actually getting closer on the back of Emmanuel Macron's victory in France, I think, in the next few months.
The Social Democrat leader then said it did not matter that Merkel and he were in the middle of an election campaign, as "the chancellor represents all of us at summits like these, and I reject with outrage the way this man takes it upon himself to treat the head of our country's government". "Very bad for U.S. This will change", Trump had tweeted.
"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS that they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and military". Recounting that Mr Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia had been "met with near universal praise" he said that the United States president had helped strengthen alliances.
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"Well, respectfully, that's not what she said", said Spicer, before reading Merkel's comments.
Standing beside Modi, Merkel said "India with its 1.25 billion people is a partner. and of highest importance" and that "to work together with such a diverse country" also offered opportunities for German businesses.
Trump's tweet underscored the deterioration of links with a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, yet his timing also highlighted Germany's web of relations with worldwide partners who broadly share Merkel's free-trade outlook and conviction on combating climate change.
It is also not the first time a German chancellor has clashed with a United States president.
German officials have insisted that, as a member of the European Union, they can not conduct bilateral trade talks with the United States and that they are not ready to dramatically increase military spending.