Following Trump’s comments aimed at Germany which he called ‘very evil’ in a meeting with European leaders last week, and his ultimatum to NATO partners, asking them to pay their ‘fair share’ to the alliance’s defense budget, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a strong reaction.
Europe Can No Longer Count on Others
Merkel recently said that Europe is about to lose the U.S. as a reliable ally. The German leader told a large crowd of supporters at a campaign stop in Munich that from what she had experienced in the past few days, she learned that Europe could no longer “fully count” on other nations. She then urged Europeans to take their destiny into their hands.
The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days,
Merkel said Sunday.
She hinted that the Brexit has terribly shaken the postwar alliance between Europe, the U.K., and the U.S. in Britain and Trump’s election in the United States.
Trump’s America an Unreliable Ally for the E.U.
However, Merkel did not imply that her country’s friendship with the U.S. and the U.K. is broken. She only thinks Trump’s America has turned into an unreliable ally for the union. Trump himself has been distancing himself from Europe as his last week bruising meetings with NATO allies and G7 members showed. The U.S. president scolded Germany for selling millions of cars in America and lectured NATO allies for failing to contribute fairly to the organization’s “collective defense” pillar.
Also, Merkel’s remarks came after G7 leaders’ failure to coax Trump into fighting climate change. The German leader described last week’s G7 summit as an encounter where there were “six against one” when it came to climate change issues. Merkel labeled the outcome of the meeting as “very unsatisfactory.”
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