American allies would possibly face ‘surprises’ underneath Trump: German ambassador – National

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Germany’s ambassador to Canada says his nation’s chancellor can be very interested by no matter Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to mention when the 2 take a seat down subsequent week.

Angela Merkel’s tête-à-tête with Trudeau will come simply 3 days after a identical bilateral assembly between the high minister and U.S. President Donald Trump, famous ambassador Werner Wnendt, whilst Merkel has but to fulfill Trump head to head.


“Whatever the prime minister brings from Washington of course it’s very interesting to hear this, and see what he has to say,” mentioned Wnendt as he joined Vassy Kapelos in The West Block.

“But the chancellor has made it clear in (her) public statement … that definitely we want to be a close friend and partner and ally of the United States.”

Both Germany and Canada seem to be treading sparsely across the new American management, however Wnendt says that’s to be anticipated every time there’s a shift in energy in Washington.

“All governments in the world probably are looking forward to working with the United States, to find out what the position of the president, of his administration, will be. This is all developing, as we know there are surprises sometimes, but generally we trust that our relationship with this very important partner will continue.”

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Trudeau is predicted to handle the overall European parliament (a primary for a sitting Canadian high minister) on Feb. 16 earlier than heading to Germany to fulfill with Merkel.

Trade will no doubt be top at the schedule as Canada and the remainder of the global neighborhood adapt to a extra protectionist White House.

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But Wnendt additionally said that defence spending may well be at the checklist of problems that Trudeau and Merkel want to iron out. Trump has been overtly important of America’s NATO allies, pronouncing international locations like Canada and Germany want to building up the cash they put aside for defence (he has often known as NATO itself out of date).

“Canada at present, I think, stands at slightly under one per cent of the gross national product being spent on defence,” the ambassador famous.

“In Germany it’s probably 1.2 per cent. The chancellor (Merkel) has already made it clear that Germany is ready to do more, to invest in defence.”

Trump isn’t the primary U.S. president to push for a better contribution from army allies, he added.

“It’s in our common interest, this is a dangerous world. There are challenges from terrorism and other developments worldwide, so we need to be prepared.”

Watch the overall interview with German ambassador to Canada Werner Wnendt above. 

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