Merkel vows to find compromise with US on trade, military spending

Angela Merkel said she would work on preserving the important relationship between Europe and the United States.
Angela Merkel said she would work on preserving the important relationship between Europe and the United States. PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (REUTERS) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Saturday (Jan 21) to seek compromises on issues like trade and military spending with US President Donald Trump, adding she would work on preserving the important relationship between Europe and the United States.

“He made his convictions clear in his inauguration speech,” she said one day after Mr Trump vowed to put “America first”.

She added: “I say two things with regards to this (speech): First, I believe firmly that it is best for all of us if we work together based on rules, common values and joint action in the international economic system, in the international trade system, and make our contributions to the military alliances.

“And second, the trans-Atlantic relationship will not be less important in the coming years than it was in past years. And I will work on that. Even when there are different opinions, compromises and solutions can be best found when we exchange ideas with respect,” she said.