May 30, 2017 / 6:57 PM / 3 months ago

White House says Trump, Merkel 'get along very well'

From R-L, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a family photo at the start of G7 Summit at Greek Theatre in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017.Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump views Germany as an important U.S. ally and gets along very well with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the White House said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a news briefing after Trump intensified a dispute with Germany by calling Berlin's trade and spending policies "very bad," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said:

"They get along very well. He has a lot of respect for her. ... And he views not just Germany but the rest of Europe as an important American ally."

Reporting by Jeff Mason

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