Trump Leaves Germany Uneasy about US NATO Support

After President Donald Trump’s controversial meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel responded that she does not believe Germany can rely on US support in the event of an attack. Trump did say that the US would provide military support to all NATO member nations if needed, but failed to publicly affirm famed Article 5, which every other previous president has done.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her strongest indication yet that Europe and the U.S. under President Donald Trump are drifting apart, saying reliable relationships forged since the end of World War II “are to some extent over.”

Speaking at a campaign rally in a beer tent in Munich on Sunday, Merkel offered a glimpse of her world view after Trump’s nine-day trip, during which he hectored NATO allies for not spending enough on defense, called Germany’s trade surplus “very bad,” and brought the U.S. to the brink of exiting the global Paris climate accord.

Merkel, who met with Trump during the NATO meeting in Brussels and the Group of Seven world leaders’ summit in Taormina, Sicily, said Europe must now plot its own course…

Many believe that Merkel’s reaction is more due to the news that President Trump is seriously considering withdrawing the US from the Paris climate treaty and not his lack of public support of NATO’s Article 5. Trump promised the American people that he would put America first and not all of these treaties, signed by more liberal presidents, are necessarily in the best interest of the United States.

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