Germany is Already Feeling the Pain of President Trump’s Rebuke
A funny thing, the Merkel/Hussein Obama Berlin rally was an arrogant mistake on their part.
Germany a nation rebuilt by American taxpayers Monday is railing against US President Donald Trump, slamming his “short-sighted” policies that have “weakened the West” and hurt European interests worldwide.
The sharp words from FM Sigmar Gabriel came after President Trump concluded his 1st official tour abroad which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 Summit.
They followed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s warning to her citizens Sunday that the United States and Britain may no longer be completely reliable partners.
Germany’s exasperation was laid bare after the G7 Summit which wrapped up Saturday with the US refusing so far to sign up to upholding the Y 2015 Paris climate accord.
Earlier, in Saudi Arabia, President Trump confirmed the largest US arms deal in American history, worth $110-B over the next decade and including ships, tanks and anti-missile systems.
FM Gabriel said Monday that “anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk”.
“The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union,” he said, judging that “the West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker”.
“We Europeans must fight for more climate protection, fewer weapons and against religious (fanaticism), otherwise the Middle East and Africa will be further destabilized,”Mr. Gabriel said.
Germany’s harsh words for Washington are highly unusual and come as relations have grown increasingly frosty, it is clear the Germany is already feeling the pain of our new America First policy.
When President Trump was Inaugurated in January, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (she is anything but and angel) “told” our President that cooperation would be on the basis of “shared”democratic values.
The US does not share Germany’s progressive socialist values.
The relationship between Ms. Merkel and President Donald Trump is the antithesis of the warm ties between her and Barack Hussein Obama, who last week flaunted himself in Berlin to attend Protestant conference just ahead of President Trump’s Key NATO meetings in Brussels.
Mr. Hussein Obama’s participation in a forum with Ms. Merkel last Thursday came hours before her meeting with Trump in Brussels at the NATO Summit, a big political mistake.
At that meeting last Thursday, President Trump hammered and publicly scolded 23 of the alliance’s 28 members, including Germany for “still not paying what they should be paying” towards the funding the defense of the EU bloc.
After the NATO and G7 Summit, Ms. Merkel said at an election rally in Southern Germany that “the times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I have experienced that in the last few days.”
“We, the Europeans, will have to take our fate into our own hands. Our friendship with the US, the UK, our neighbourly relationship with Russia and also with other countries count. But we must know, we have to fight for our own future,” she said.
Britain said it would be a “strong partner” to Germany in response.
“As we begin the negotiations about leaving the EU, we will be able to reassure Germany and other European countries that we are going to be a strong partner to them in defense and security and, we hope, in trade,” British Interior Minister Amber Rudd said on the radio.
“We can reassure Mrs. Merkel that we want to have a deep and special partnership so that we can continue to maintain European-wide security to keep us all safe from the terrorists abroad and those that are trying to be nurtured in our country,” she said.
Separately, France’s Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard said that President Trump’s broadside at NATO allies could boost efforts toward a common European defense policy. “At a time when we want to take steps forward for Europe and its defense, it is a spur (to pay up),” said Ms. Goulard.
Monday, newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, 39 anni, hosted Russia’s Vladimir Putin at the royal palace in Versailles to talk about cooperating on fighting terror.
President Putin emphasized the need for Russia and France to develop closer cooperation and strongly rejected accusations of meddling in the recent French Presidential vote, which is thought in some intelligence circles as “fake news” promulgated by Mr. Macron’s party.
The 2 leaders emerged from 3-hour talks exchanging smiles and hailing historic ties between the 2 nations, but their comments at a news conference reflected deep divides on multiple issues, as France has come to be a bit player on the world stage.
Mr. Macron will come to learn that his constant wide eyed maliciousness “smirk” will not endear him to the world’s strong leaders, nor give him any solid standing.
Have a terrific week.
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