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Asked what Trump could do to make sure German customers bought more American cars, Gabriel said: "Build better cars".

He said that keeping the European Union and the euro single currency together would not be "as easy as a lot of people think".

Asked whom he trusted more, Merkel, a longtime USA ally, or Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump called it a draw - at least for now. In a statement contradicting the incoming defence chief, Mr Trump reiterated his criticism that "a lot of" the 28 member states were relying on the US and not paying their fair share.

"I think that the difficulty is that nobody knows yet what the rules of the road are going to be between the United Kingdom and the EU", Kerry answered and continued: "So we want the U.K.to be strong, but I'll tell you, we have consistently said we want EU to be strong".

"It's obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago", Trump told German-based Bild, according to Bloomberg.

Trump repeated a statement he made during the campaign that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "obsolete", raising doubts about whether the USA, under his leadership, would jump to the defense of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Europe if Russian Federation attacked them.

He also threatened German automobile companies with high import tariffs if they manufacture their cars in Mexico and export them to the US. "I don't want to have those problems".

The British pound took a hit Monday after Britain said it might undercut the European Union economically if it can not obtain both single market access and immigration controls, with British media warning of a "hard Brexit".

But he expressed frustration with terms of trade which he felt were weighted against the United States, contributing to its $800 billion annual trade deficit with the rest of the world.

"Germany has a plan to deal with these large numbers", Mr English said. "I think we Europeans have control of our destiny". "And for that we should fight because it is our very existential interest", Roettgen told Reuters. It's not a two-way street. Oh, I should not show you it at all, because it's secret - but I have just taken a look at Afghanistan. Maybe none - not too many. "I want it to be fair, but it's got to be a two-way street".

German auto manufacturers have also warned the president-elect that the U.S. would not gain anything if he added a 35 per cent tariff on cars manufactured in Germany.

European leaders are watching Trump's statements carefully.

"You shouldn't be anxious", he told the BBC. I spoke to Petr Kratochvíl, head of the Institute of International Relations in Prague for his take on the United States president elect's words.

With fears growing in Europe over Mr Trump's commitment to the transatlantic alliance and over signs he will pivot towards Russia, Mrs Merkel warned the continent now had to take responsibility for itself.

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel responded to Trump's comment that too many German and too few USA automobiles were on the streets of NY by saying the United States "should build better cars". "So, I don't really care whether it's separate or together, to me it doesn't matter".