German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder is persona non grata in the White House, according to US magazine Newsweek.
At a recent White House event, President George W. Bush apparently told DaimlerChrysler Chairman Jürgen Schrempp that "Schroder is no longer welcome here."
Bush believed Schroder had given his word to endorse the USA and Britain in the war against Iraq. When Schroder's support failed to materialize, the plain-speaking Texan was furious.
"This is where he [Schroder] sat and lied to me," Bush recently told a visiting European head of state.
The last one-one-one contact the chancellor had with Bush himself was a phone call in October, Newsweek said. During the call, Bush reportedly listened in silence before lecturing the German leader on "trust" and "reliability."
The magazine said although Bush harbors no grudges against Germans or Germany, his aversion to the German leader is "deep, personal and abiding."