Germany: Europe Can't Rely On The U.S. With Trump As President, Changing Our Relationship
Germany's foreign minister came out on Monday saying that Europe could no longer rely on President Donald Trump to protect their interests.
“We can no longer completely rely on the White House,” Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group. “To maintain our partnership with the USA we must readjust it. The first clear consequence can only be that we need to align ourselves even more closely in Europe.”
He added: “Europe must not let itself be divided however sharp the verbal attacks and absurd the tweets may be.”
Heiko made the comments just hours after Trump referred to the European Union as a "foe" of the United States, lumping allies of the United States in the same category as its enemies.
However strong the statement, Heiko just re-emphasized what German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said repeatedly over the last several months. In May, she said that the time has come for Europe to "take destiny into its own hands."
"It is no longer such that the United States simply protects us, but Europe must take its destiny in its own hands. That's the task of the future," she said.
Trump is currently receiving a lot of criticism from world leaders for his handling of last month's G7 summit, last weeks NATO meeting, and Monday's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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