German Chancellor Angela Merkel is no longer describing U.S. as a “friend” thanks to Donald Trump’s constant criticism of our allies. Merkel is now calling for a wide division between the U.S. and Germany at the G20 summit this week.
Merkel’s conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) four years ago described the U.S. as Germany’s “most important friend outside Europe,” and the relationship between the countries as the “cornerstone” of Germany’s international relations. Merkel recently told Germany’s Parliament that she was prepared to confront Trump on his decision to exit the Paris Agreement. Well, that was four years ago–a time where our president didn’t embarrass us in front of foreign leaders.
Since Trump replaced Barack Obama as president, the dynamics have totally changed. In its new manifesto the CDU/CSU refers to the relationship as Germany’s most important “partnership” outside Europe.
On Thursday, Trump and Merkel will meet for the third time at the G20 summit in Hamburg, where many differences over issues including trade, migration, defense spending and climate change are likely to be brought up. Another likely thing to occur, is Trump humiliating our nation in some way.
If only we could send Obama to the summit instead.