Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trump slammed by Germany

Sigmar Gabriel
Germany's foreign minister on Monday claimed that President Trump’s actions have weakened the West and accused the US government of standing "against the interests of the European Union."

“Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk,” said Sigmar Gabriel said, reports CNN. 

“The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union. The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker.” 

Mr. Gabriel’s comments came just 24 hours after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Europe could no longer totally depend on traditional allies such as the United States and Britain.

Germany and other European nations. At the summits, Trump declined to endorse NATO's collective defense principle or the Paris climate agreement.

Mr. Gabriel was speaking on the sidelines of the third round-table discussion on refugees when he made these scathing remarks. He called on Europe to oppose the current US administration and not shy away from censuring.

He accused the Trump administration of wanting to end climate agreements, enforce military action in crisis regions and blasted President Trump’s infamous travel bans.

Trump wrapped up his first official tour abroad after taking office. His trip took him to Saudi Arabia, Occupied territories in Israel, Belgium and Italy for a G7 summit.

The highlight of his trip was a 110-billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia, which included the sale of tanks, ships, and anti-missile systems to the oil rich kingdom.

Trump has been a bitter critic of NATO overall, and at one point he called the alliance “obsolete.” Other allies have routinely come under his harsh criticism, when he accused them of not paying their fair share of the defense burden of the alliance. He has pushed the alliance to do more to combat terrorism. At the NATO leaders summit, counter-terrorism and burden-sharing will dominate the agenda—not Russia.

On Sunday, Angela Merkel was attending a campaign event in Munich, dubbed the “beer tent speech. She told her supporters:

"I experienced that in the last a few days, and therefore I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States and in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever it is possible, also with Russia and also with all the other countries.

"But we need to know that we have to fight for our own future and destiny as Europeans," she added.Merkel is expected to win a fourth term as Chancellor when the country heads to the polls in September.

On Monday, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd reacted to Merkel’s remarks. He said that Britain would continue to pursue a deep and special partnership with Germany and the rest of Europe after Brexit.

"As we begin the negotiations about leaving the EU, we will be able to reassure Germany and other European countries that we are going to be a strong partner to them in defense and security, and, we hope, in trade," Rudd told the BBC.

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