From the files of not normal: Angela Merkel versus Trump

by Patty Templeton

News you need to knowGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel believes the recent G7 Summit was unsatisfactory and that, “The era in which we could fully rely on others is over to some extent,” Merkel said on Sunday.

In other words, Merkel believes that the U.S. now sucks as an ally.

Why this is not normalFirst off, the G7 Summit is the gathering of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. For two days, world leaders try to make an accord on issues ranging from climate change to the international economy.

After the G7 Summit, Merkel made it clear that the U.S. was the only holdout on the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gases by 2020.

Additionally, she stated an uncertainty in America’s ability to be an ally to Germany due to President Trump’s erratic policy and behavior.

Germany and the U.S. became allies during the Cold War. After more than 50 years of friendship, a top-five superpower has called out the United States as unreliable. Trump’s dedication to “Make America Great Again [for the 1 percent]” and tendency toward near-jingoism is alienating the United States from other global powers.

Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer


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