Shortly after last week’s G7 summit, Germany lashed out at Trump for promoting “short-sighted” policies that have managed to hurt European interests while “weaken[ing] the West.” The intense criticism came from the country’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel days after the U.S. leader completed his 9-day tour abroad which comprised visits to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Brussels, and Italy.
Germany’s Leadership Slams Trump
On Sunday, the German chancellor Angela Merkel warned Europe that it could no longer completely rely on old allies such as the United States and the U.K. Germany voiced frustration with Trump after the G7 summit where the U.S. president refused to commit to the 2015 Paris climate deal’s requirements.
Before the summit, President Trump struck the largest U.S. arms deal in the history of the nation with Saudi Arabia. Under the $110-billion contract, the U.S. will ship tanks, defensive systems, and war vessels to the Saudis over the next decade.
On Monday, the German foreign minister underlined that anyone who kills environmental protections, ignores climate change efforts, sells weapons to countries located in conflict zones, and refuses to use diplomacy to fix religious conflicts is threatening Europe’s peace.
The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union,
Trump’s Policies ‘Weakened’ the West
He added that the West is not only smaller, but it has become weaker too in the wake of those policies. The German official urged Europe to ramp up the fights against climate change and religious extremism and to campaign for fewer weapons in conflict zones. Otherwise, Gabriel said, Africa and the Middle East would continue to be destabilized.
The relationship between the U.S. and Germany has become increasingly frosty under the Trump administration. When Merkel meet with Trump at the White House after his inauguration, she warned him that the two country’s relationships should be based on shared democratic values. The German leader’s ties with Trump are in stark contrast with her warm relationship with Barack Obama.
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