LONDON – US President Donald Trump and Germany’s Angela Merkel have agreed to a “full and thorough investigation” into a complaint lodged by the American president, according to the White House.
Trump made the allegation in a tweet on Thursday evening that he would not be able to stay in the White, despite a strong chance he might be granted a pardon by his successor.
Merkel said the White house is investigating whether Germany is infringing on the “moral rights of the American people.”
Trump, a former reality TV star, has made a habit of accusing Germany of copyright infringement.
His tweets have triggered a backlash from Berlin, which has accused Trump of making unfounded accusations.
In a statement to Reuters, the German foreign ministry said the US president has violated a commitment to cooperate with an investigation by the US Congress and by the German government.
“We cannot accept that the President has resorted to an attack on the moral rights of German citizens,” the ministry said.
It added that it “does not believe it is the first time” that the president has resorted “to such baseless accusations.”
“We hope that the United States will cooperate with this investigation to prevent the President from abusing his position,” the statement said.
Trump’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokeswoman for Merkel said the two leaders discussed the “tragic news” and agreed to move forward in the investigation, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Trump, who is scheduled to leave the White for a week-long trip, said he was “very disappointed” that Merkel “is going to be so politically correct in this matter,” the AP reported.
“She has to realize that this is a serious problem,” Trump told reporters after meeting with Merkel in Berlin.
“I think the German people understand that it is very difficult for Germany, which is one of the largest economies in the world, and has one of, if not the largest, police forces in the western world to pay a fair price for this,” Trump said.
Merkels office also confirmed that the two agreed to conduct a “complete and thorough” investigation into the complaint and to “review” existing legal advice to determine whether the complaint “is justified.”
Merkel’s office also said Trump’s tweets about copyright infringement were “an attack on our people.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that the allegations of copyright theft are based on unfounded accusations, and I am convinced that the US Government has already been working on this for many years,” she said.