Angela Merkel Indicates Growing Problems With U.S. Under Donald Trump

In a speech over the weekend Angela Merkel the Chancellor of Germany stated that Europe could not completely count on others any longer, which many took as a sign of the cracking in the relationship between the U.S. and Germany. The alliance between the two has defined the global order since the end of World War II.

Merkel said during a campaign event in front of over 2,500 people that the times Germany can completely count on others are somewhat done as she experienced the last few days.

While the name President Donald Trump was never mentioned by Merkel, the to the point remarks by her followed a difficult session of meetings at the NATO summit with the United States President followed by the G-7 meetings held in Italy.

Trump never explicitly promise to protect allies in NATO if they were to come under attack. Rather he alleged that 23 of the 28 members of the group owed huge amounts of money to taxpayers in the U.S.

The NATO alliance led by the U.S. is comprised for the most part of countries in Europe and for decades has been a stalwart against Soviet followed by Russian aggression.

During the G-7 meetings in Italy, European along with other diplomats became frustrated with Trump when the U.S. president refused to give an endorsement on the global climate change accord as he said more time was necessary to decide. Trump also is alleged to have called Germany very bad related to trade, but that was denied by the White House.

Merkel also said that solidarity for Mr. Trump was a commodity that only was available with an advance payment.

A London School of Economics fellow said that Merkel’s speech was huge as it signaled the end of the Western consensus post-World War II.

A newspaper in Germany stated that the comments made on Sunday by the German Chancellor showed she no longer can regard the U.S. as reliable.

A public broadcaster in Germany, ZDF said Merkel sent an important signal.

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron along with other leaders from Europe seemed to take away the same opinions from the G-7 and NATO meetings, said the broadcaster.

Another European broadcaster said that the summits gave insight into the approach of Trump related to foreign affairs as America first with no chance of responsibility for the rest of the world.

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