After Merkel seemed to question the durability of the US-EU alliance under Trump, urging Europeans to "take our destiny in our own hands," White House spokesman Sean Spicer tried to scotch talk of any problems.
Spicer said that during a recent trip to Europe, Trump had "reaffirmed the need to deepen and improve our transatlantic relationship."
The White House also insisted that Merkel's view of a more strategically independent Europe was not incompatible with Trump's demand for more European defense spending.
Spicer described Trump's personal relationship with Merkel as excellent.
"He views not just Germany but the rest of Europe as an important American ally."
"I think the relationship that the president has had with Merkel, he would describe as fairly unbelievable."
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