Following meeting with Trump, Merkel warns that Germany and Europe can no longer rely on the US

Though the German chancellor did not mention US President Donald Trump by name during an election rally in Germany, she hinted at declining relations: "The times in which we could rely fully on others is over...we need to fight for our destiny as Europeans."

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After receiving warm receptions in both Saudi Arabia and Israel, US President Donald Trump's first overseas visit ended on a chillier note. Upon his return to Washington DC, German Chancellor Angela Merkel scorned Trump- without ever mentioning him by name- and said that it had become clear to her that Europe must choose its own way in the world now that order is being undermined. "The times in which we could rely fully on others is over," she said.

Merkel made these remarks during a campaign event ahead of the German elections in September, a few days after she met Trump and world leaders at the G7 summit in Sicily and  attended a meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels.

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Merkel at the beer tent today Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

At the event, held in a Bavarian beer tent, the German Chancellor explained that Europeans no longer had the partners that they did in the past, and that “we Europeans must take our destiny into our own hands.” She added:  “Of course with friendly relations with the U.S. and the U.K. and neighborly relations whenever possible with Russia and other countries.” Even so, she said, “we have to fight for our own future ourselves.”



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