- Title: Merkel's SPD rival "outraged" at Trump's treatment of her
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SOCIAL DEMOCRAT (SPD) CANDIDATE FOR GERMAN CHANCELLOR, MARTIN SCHULZ, ARRIVING AT PARTY EVENT TO APPLAUSE SPD LOGO / AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (German) SOCIAL DEMOCRAT (SPD) CANDIDATE FOR GERMAN CHANCELLOR, MARTIN SCHULZ, SAYING: "No freely elected head of government in our country should allow him- or herself to be humiliated in this way, the way this man, like an autocratic leader, believed he could inflict humiliation in Brussels. Election campaign or no election campaign, in this situation let me be entirely clear: 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. That is unacceptable." VARIOUS OF AUDIENCE APPLAUDING SCHULZ AT PODIUM
- Embargoed: 10th June 2017 15:05
- Keywords: outraged defends Donald Trump Angela Merkel Martin Schulz
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IM5IRR
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- Story Text: Angela Merkel's main rival in Germany's general election said on Saturday (May 27) he was outraged at the attitude of U.S. President Donald Trump towards the Chancellor.
Martin Schulz, the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), said Trump had taken upon himself to "humiliate" Merkel at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday (May 25) and said this was "unacceptable".
His comments came after German media reported on Friday (May 26) that Trump had sharply criticised Germany's trade surplus in a private meeting on Thursday (May 25) with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk.
Speaking at the same summit, Trump intensified his accusations that NATO allies were not spending enough on defence. In unexpectedly abrupt remarks as NATO leaders including Merkel stood alongside him, Trump said certain member countries owed "massive amounts of money" to the United States and NATO -- even though allied contributions are voluntary, with multiple budgets.
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