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European leaders defiant against Donald Trump's labelling of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as 'obsolete'

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Trump also said German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made "a catastrophic mistake" by allowing more than one million migrants to enter the country.

"Well, I think that people need to get along and do what they need to do to be fair. OK?"

"But, I do believe this, if they hadn't been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems that it ... entails, I think that you wouldn't have a Brexit".

"If we can not be properly reimbursed for the tremendous cost of our military protecting other countries, and in many cases the countries I'm talking about are extremely rich", Trump said, adding: "With massive wealth".

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Scaramucci said that Mr Trump had been "trying to be complimentary" about Mrs Merkel. Speaking to Bild, Germany's deputy chancellor and minister for the economy, Sigmar Gabriel, said taxing German imports would lead to a "bad awakening" for US vehicle makers, who he said relied on trans-Atlantic supply chains.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "obsolete", Germany's Angela Merkel made a "catastrophic mistake" on refugees, Brexit will be "great" and the U.S. could cut a deal with Russia: Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides on Sunday (15 January) in interviews with European media.

In contrast to Barack Obama, who said Britain would be at the "back of the queue" when it came to a trade deal with the US, Mr Trump made clear it would be a priority for his administration.

"I think we must now focus all our energy on two things, firstly to continue good relations with Great Britain".

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Mr Trump described European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who rang him to congratulate him on his election victory, as "a very fine gentleman".

European leaders have been holding their breath to see just what happens after Mr Trump's inauguration on Friday.

John Kerry, the outgoing secretary of state, said on Monday that Trump had been wrong to criticise "courageous" Merkel.

He also said that, once he has been sworn in, meeting the Russian president was "absolutely fine with me".

Trump has said resolving the conflict will be a priority of his administration and suggested that his son-in-law Jared Kushner could help broker a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump has repeatedly blasted the agreement with Iran as "one of the dumbest deals I have ever seen", claiming it will not stop Tehran getting atomic weapons. He also tied it to USA security concerns.

"He said: 'Israel you have a very successful state". If he doesn't have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies, as well as our adversaries?

There are many other ways Trump could have answered.

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