German Chancellor Angela Merkel Bites Back At President Trump’s Accusations Against Her

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On the 11th day of July 2018, the republican US President Donald J. Trump started off demonstrating the sheer depth of his bulling style by berating NATO officials for its member countries not paying more towards their defense expenditures. It made no difference when others reminded him that most countries are contributing more and that almost all have agreed to coffer up 2% of GDP by 2024-2030 as had been previously promised. Later the president countered that the countries should start paying their fair share of 2% immediately and that should work towards a goal of 4%.

It sounds like President Trump cannot accept a win which makes those observing the president’s posturing wonder, what his real motives are. Is he acting to create a confrontation to where the president can then announce the arbitrary decision to have the US leave NATO as a member country?

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Later, President Trump acting as the US bully/ misogynist-in-chief started targeting his European nemesis, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for his ire. He went on a rag which appears to reflect his thinking, dating as far back as March 26, 2016 as per a New York Times report, “Transcript: Donald Trump Expounds on His Foreign Policy Views” 

(His 2016 analysis as detailed in the NYT report seems to conflate the issues over Ukraine, US sanctions against Russia and Germany being involved in trade with Russia over energy.)

“It has to be changed from the standpoint of cost because the United States bears far too much of the cost of NATO. And one of the things that I hated seeing is Ukraine. Now I’m all for Ukraine, I have friends that live in Ukraine, but it didn’t seem to me, when the Ukrainian problem arose, you know, not so long ago, and we were, and Russia was getting very confrontational, it didn’t seem to me like anyone else cared other than us. And we are the least affected by what happens with Ukraine because we’re the farthest away. But even their neighbors didn’t seem to be talking about it. And, you know, you look at Germany, you look at other countries, and they didn’t seem to be very much involved. It was all about us and Russia. And I wondered, why is it that countries that are bordering the Ukraine and near the Ukraine – why is it that they’re not more involved? Why is it that they are not more involved? Why is it always the United States that gets right in the middle of things, with something that – you know, it affects us, but not nearly as much as it affects other countries. And then I say, and on top of everything else – and I think you understand that, David – because, if you look back, and if you study your reports and everybody else’s reports, how often do you see other countries saying ‘We must stop, we must stop.” They don’t do it! And, in fact, with the gas, you know, they wanted the oil, they wanted other things from Russia, and they were just keeping their mouths shut. And here the United States was going out and, you know, being fairly tough on the Ukraine. And I said to myself, isn’t that interesting? We’re fighting for the Ukraine, but nobody else is fighting for the Ukraine other than the Ukraine itself, of course, and I said, it doesn’t seem fair and it doesn’t seem logical.”

See: Brussels prepares to bite back at US over Russia sanctions – POLITICO-2017

 

Here’s the rest of the story…

On July 11, 2018, Ewen MacAkill of the Guardian penned the following report, “Angela Merkel hits back at Donald Trump at NATO summit” (“Germany makes independent decisions, chancellor says in response to claim it is controlled by Russia.”)

Excerpts:

“Angela Merkel has pushed back against Donald Trump’s extraordinary tirade against Germany on the first day of the Nato summit in Brussels, denying her country was “totally controlled” by Russia and saying it made its own independent decisions and policies.”

Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

“In less blunt language than the US president’s, the German chancellor made the point that she needed no lessons in dealing with authoritarian regimes, recalling she had been brought up in East Germany when it had been part of the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence.”

“Arriving at Nato headquarters only hours after Trump singled out Germany for criticism, Merkel said: “I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany.”

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“She also hit back at Trump’s criticism that Germany contributed  little to European defense. “Germany does a lot for Nato,” she said.”

“Germany is the second largest provider of troops, the largest part of our military capacity is offered to Nato and until today we have a strong engagement towards Afghanistan. In that we also defend the interests of the United States.”Earlier the US president had accused Berlin of being a “a captive of the Russians” because of its dependence on energy supplies.”

“Nato officials had been nervously awaiting the first meeting as an indicator of how Trump – who arrived in Brussels on Tuesday night – would behave over the next two days. Within minutes they had their answer.”

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“This summit is shaping up to be the most divisive in Nato’s 69-year history. Normally, Nato summits are mostly fixed in advance and proceed in an orderly fashion. Trump’s first words signalled this one was not going to be like that.”

“He complained that German politicians had been working for Russian energy companies after leaving politics and said this too was inappropriate. Germany was totally controlled by Russia, Trump said.”

“With Stoltenberg looking on uncomfortably throughout, the US president was unrelenting. “I think it is very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia,” Trump said. “We are supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions dollars a year to Russia.”

Merkel and Trump are seen as they pose for a family photo at the start of the summit.
Merkel and Trump are seen as they pose for a family photo at the start of the summit. Photograph: Reinhard Krause/Reuters
“We are protecting Germany, we are protecting France, we are protecting all of these countries and then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they are paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. I think that is very inappropriate.”
“He added: “It should never have been allowed to happen. Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they will be getting 60-70% of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline.”

“You tell me if that’s appropriate because I think it’s not. On top of that Germany is just paying just a little bit over 1% [of GDP on Nato defence contributions] whereas the United States is paying 4.2% of a much larger GDP. So I think that’s inappropriate also.”

“I think it is unfair,” Trump said. “We can’t put up with it.”

U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel  meeting during the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“Germany’s plan to increase its defence expenditure to the Nato target of 2% of GDP by 2030 was not good enough, Trump said. “They could do it tomorrow.”

“Stoltenberg seemed surprised by the force of Trump’s remarks. He attempted to respond, saying mildly: “Even during the cold war, Nato allies were trading with Russia.”

“Asked about Trump afterwards, he responded diplomatically, restricting himself to saying the US president’s language had been “direct” and “frank”.

“Merkel and Trump have a one-to-one meeting scheduled for later on Wednesday. According to (US) reports, Trump is keen to see Merkel replaced as chancellor. “

16 comments

  1. Dumpy is dumpy and has no idea how to be anything else than dumpy. Dumping on Germany is another of his favourite bullying tactics. He just can’t resist being an asshole. I said the other day I hope NATO bounces the US, but what I really meant was bouncing Trump, which unfortunately means getting rid of the US, at least till Dumpy himself is dumped by his own Trum-Pets. Dumpy does not belong at the same table as other world leaders, he IS NOT A LEADER of anything, except acrimony. He is the Johnny Appleseed of discord and disillusion. He should be put under house arrest at Mar-a-lago, while all of his house staff, all 200 of them, are transported to the White House and let them run the country. They would do a much better job. Would Dumpy know how to sweep a floor, or flush a toilet? I doubt it.

    • Dear Rawgod,

      President Trump is an unmitigated walking disaster when it comes to diplomacy. This is why he has no respect for those who make diplomacy a profession and why diplomats are making a mass exodus from working under his administration.

      I don’t meet many who are as clueless as President Trump to where I can’t see anyone flourishing around him. He kills off the joy from everyone around him.

      But many of them who kiss up to him, asked for it.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Hmmm, I am afraid I need to be frank and direct also the person representing the USA in Nato is proving to be an unmitigated confrontational arse. The behavior exhibited by him is unbecoming of a President, an adult or even a human being. What do we have representing the USA?

    • Dear Ravenhawks,

      President Trump acted like the perfect “ugly American” who’s loud, ill-mannered and contemptuous of others from a different country.

      He only represented the worst parts of USA. This is not what we want peoples from other countries to see.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Gee … and here I expected him to go over there and act in a rational and dignified manner as he always does. I cannot even say that with a straight face! We knew he would make an ass of himself, so none of this is surprising, however it is maddening, for he is said to represent us (although he does NOT represent the majority of us) and it reflects poorly on every citizen of this nation. He will never be any different, and frankly he has set us on a course of self-destruction. The only solution that I can see to saving face and keeping this nation safe is to get rid of Donald Trump. PRONTO!!!
    Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      LOL. He knew how to become the center of attention, one way or another.

      His Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had better get used to cleaning up President Trump’s messes. Later he delivered a speech at NATO where he sounded like the perfect state secretary, and not at all like his boss. The Defense Secretary General Mattis is there doing his part to clean up and then there is the US NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey-Hutchinson who is doing likewise.

      It takes at least 3 US professionals to do the mending of fences. I am praying that somehow, through a miracle that President Trump can’t make his tete-a-tete with Russia’s President Putin around the 16th of July.

      He shouldn’t be allowed out of the White House.

      • Hah … it takes an entire crew with brooms, dustpans, mops and disinfectant to go behind him and clean up the mess he leaves in his wake. I have said exactly the same … he should never be unleashed on the public. Duct tape him to his potty chair and give him a fake cell phone to think he is tweeting on!

        Hugs!!!

    • Dear Mama Cass,

      I just hope that sign reflects the thinking of most Europeans as I would hate to have them believe that we are anything like President Trump.

      I appreciate your words of encouragement. Also, thanks a million for sharing this post via your reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. Gronda, there are several motives at work. Trump needs a foil to go after as he has trouble with issues. It is not surprising he went after Merkel and insulted Germany with incorrect facts.

    Also, it is standard fare for narcissists to accuse others for what they are accused of. Trump does this in spades. He said Merkel is in bed with the Russians, which is what Trump is being accused of. It is an attempt to diffuse the spotlight.

    Plus, even when he has a reasonable point, his bullying and past overbearance undermine his argument. He goes out of his way to demean people, both verbally and physically. He simply cannot help himself.

    He is making America alone in a world forcing other countries to consider other options. My favorite example is when Trump backed out of the Asia-Pacific trade deal, the other countries signed a deal without the US. By backing out, the goal of challenging China’s Asian trade dominance was harmed. Keith

  5. Dear Keith,

    You know that this narcissist went into that breakfast ready to do a show where he would end up being the center of attention.

    As usual he rarely gets his facts right, Germany had started trade over energy with Russia in the early 2000’s when Russia was not in its expansionist phase. Germany is diversifying in its energy sources and it is working towards becoming energy independent from fossil fuels. As per NYT, Germany get 9% of its energy from Russia.

    Also President Trump kept saying stuff like NATO member countries owe the US monies. I keep wondering if he is conflating defense spending with trade issues. There are no dues, fees by any countries that are owed. The member countries have been asked even by past presidents to increase their spending towards bolstering their own defense systems but it is not as if they paid more that we would pay less.

    Where does the president get his ideas? It looks like the president has a belief system that he will stick to no matter what, even if facts get in the way.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, sometimes it is hard to hide one’s poker face. Watching Kelly and Hutchinson’s looks while Trump ran on, was priceless. But, watching the other side of the table was telling. There were “you have got to be kidding me” faces which were poorly masked.

      Also, rhe Senate took two ceremonial votes while Daddy was away, passing 97 to 2 that NATO matters and a non-binding vote to say Congress should say grace over tariffs imposed for security reasons passing 88 to 11. The GOP made no formal announcement of these votes – they wanted to be low key. It was a step, but needs to be more than ceremonial. Keith

      Keith

  6. So after all that unconstructive commotion he created, on Thursday he says that NATO instantaneously became a great success to him, as I said in another post, what he reports to America and what actually transpired are two entirely different outcomes. He lies for his base.

    • Dear Usfman,

      The whole NATO reality show was orchestrated to appeal to his bromance partner Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his base voters. No one else counts. Both help him him to maintain his power.

      Hugs, Gronda

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