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A quick roundup of US allies the Trump administration has already attacked

President Donald Trump attends the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, U.S., February 2, 2017.
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President Donald Trump attends the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, U.S., February 2, 2017.

At the annual National Prayer Breakfast this week, President Donald Trump complained that the United States is taken advantage of by virtually "every nation in the world."

His administration directed that sentiment at several allies in its second week in office.

The White House claimed Germany manipulates its currency, warned Mexico that U.S. troops could enter the country, and abruptly ended a phone call with the leader of Australia — though Trump denies the latter.

Germany

Peter Navarro, Trump's choice to lead the National Trade Council, reiterated to the Financial Times this week that Germany is "one of the worst actors in the international environment" in the way it manages value-added taxes. Navarro, who also made the assertion to CNBC last week, claimed Germany was undervaluing the euro in an attempt to gain an advantage over other EU countries and the United States.

Germany is one of the top five U.S. trading partners, accounting for 4.5 percent of total U.S. trade in 2016, according to the Census Bureau.

Mexico

In a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Jan. 27, Trump threatened to send U.S. troops into Mexico, accusing the Mexican president of not doing enough to stop "a bunch of bad hombres down there."

"I think your military is scared," Trump said, The Associated Press reported this week, saying it had obtained a partial transcript of the conversation. "Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it."

Trump did not identify the "hombres" or what makes them bad.

The Mexican government subsequently denied the conversation was adversarial in tone. Trump recently inflamed U.S.-Mexico tensions after repeating his campaign promise to build a border wall between the two countries. Mexico is the third largest trade partner with the U.S., accounting for 14.5 percent of total trade in 2016.

Australia

In a Saturday phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump voiced his displeasure with an Australian-U.S. refugee deal brokered by the Obama administration, according to The Washington Post. Trump reportedly called the agreement "the worst deal ever" — a claim he reiterated in a tweet.

The conversation ended after 25 minutes despite being scheduled for an hour.

Australia, a key Asia-Pacific ally, was one of the few countries that supported the United States' wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has enjoyed more than 75 years of strong diplomatic relations with the U.S.

The Australian government declined to say whether Trump hung up on Turnbull, as the Post reported.

Trump subsequently claimed that press reports about his call with Turnbull were "fake." He also thanked the prime minister for "telling the truth" about the content of the call, even though Turnbull specifically declined to reveal anything about the content of the call when he spoke to reporters.


Correction: This story was revised to correct that the Trump conversation with Pena Nieto was Jan. 27.