Angela Merkel Just Summed Up How We All Feel About Trump: “Sobering” and “Depressing”
Over the weekend, President Trump attended a G7 meeting in Canada. It was a tense event since the Trump administration has recently imposed stiff tariffs on other member nations. After the meeting, President Trump furthermore upset world leaders when he announced, via Twitter, that the United States would withdraw from supporting the G7 communique created over the course of the weekend.
The president tweeted on Saturday: “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!”
Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
In the wake of the president’s alienating appearance at the G7, Angela Merkel reacted calling the decision to withdraw from the communique “sobering and a bit depressing.”
In an interview for German television, Merkel said that “The situation isn’t very nice.” She added, “I don’t think that ratcheting up the rhetoric is going to improve things.”
Merkel also said that she would continue to talk with the president despite her disappointment in his decision to further pull the United States away from the global community.
Merkel commented on Trump’s attitude saying, “Sometimes I get the impression that the U.S. president believes that only one side wins and the other loses.” She went on to explain that she prefers “win-win” situations.
The president’s G7 mess marks another in a long line of situations that have proven to alienate the United States from its closest allies. Other similarly divisive decisions were the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal.
The president pinned the blame for the G7 debacle on Canada’s Justin Trudeau. Trudeau has publicly repudiated the president’s recent decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on his country.
In the aftermath of the president’s withdrawal tweet, his surrogates quickly joined him in railing against Trudeau. Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow said, Trudeau, “stabbed us in the back.”
Peter Navarro said “there is a special place in hell” for Trudeau.
The European Council President Donald Tusk responded saying “there is a special place in heaven” for Trudeau for his hosting of the G7.