In One Sentence, Angela Merkel Sums Up What Trump’s Incompetence Means To The World
After Donald Trump’s disastrous first overseas trip as president, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged as the leader of the free world, and she is happy to embrace that role, calling out Trump’s dangerous stance on world affairs.
Without mentioning the U.S. president’s name, Merkel on Sunday delivered a single sentence that speaks volume as to how fundamentally Trump’s incompetence has reshaped the world and America’s place in it.
“The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over,” Merkel said at a beer hall rally to support her campaign.
Merkel made clear that her realization had come “in the last few days” — a time period which overlapped with a G7 meeting in which Trump blasted America’s traditional European allies over NATO obligations and made clear that he was more than willing to go it alone on climate change and trade.
What Trump’s words reveal is something that sharp foreign policy minds have known since the start of Trump’s campaign: His true potential for drastic change exists in the foreign policy sphere.
Watch Merkel’s remarks in the video below:
Trump’s ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” slogan was interpreted by many of his followers as the idea that we would make America great again by ending political correctness, by bringing back jobs, by keeping undocumented workers from entering our country, from showing the mainstream media who’s boss.
But “Make America Great Again,” from the inception of Trump’s campaign, always had at least one foot in not only re-imagining America’s role in the world community but in reshaping the world community entirely.
As Trump acts, the rest of the world necessarily reacts. Trump has already made clear that he was not willing to commit to the Paris climate accords.
The US actions and how they impact what other leaders and other countries do could well have lasting influence on America in the world that stretch well beyond the four or eight years Trump will be president.