German Minister: Trump Losing 2020 Election Won’t Undo Damage To Relationship
According to Yahoo News, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that even if President Trump does not get re-elected in November, “it did not follow that relations between Germany and the US would automatically improve.”
“Everyone who thinks everything in the transatlantic partnership will be as it once was with a Democratic president underestimates the structural changes,” Maas said in an interview with the German Press Agency (DPA), published on Sunday. “The transatlantic relations are extraordinarily important, they remain important, and we are working to ensure they have a future...But with the way they are now, they are no longer fulfilling the demands both sides have of them”
- Yahoo News reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with several leading European newspapers last week that “the world can no longer take it for granted that the US wants to be a global leader.”
“Should the US now wish to withdraw from that role of its own free will, we would have to reflect on that very deeply,” Merkel said.
Since he took office, Trump has targeted Germany repeatedly. He “has criticized the country’s trade deficit and threatened to slap US tariffs on German cars,” Yahoo News wrote.
In addition, this month, Trump “confirmed plans to withdraw around 9,500 of the 35,000 US troops stationed in US bases in Germany,” the report continued. Trump stated in a cabinet meeting that “we’re protecting Germany and they’re delinquent. That doesn’t make sense. So I said, we’re going to bring down the count to 25,000 soldiers.”
Merkel said that American troops in Germany “help to protect not only Germany and the European part of NATO but also the interests of the United States of America.”
She acknowledged that Germany did need to increase military spending, saying, “We in Germany know that we have to spend more on defense; we have achieved considerable increases in recent years, and we will continue on that path to enhance our military capabilities.”