For the second time since Donald Trump assumed the American presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that Europe is on its own and must “take its destiny into its own hands.”
Merkel’s Thursday remarks follow Trump’s decision this week to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal – a position not shared by America’s European allies – and indicated to the German leader that the U.S. cannot be trusted to honor its commitments.
Merkel’s comments on Thursday reprise a theme she first sounded last year in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy and his hectoring of European NATO allies for allegedly spending too little on defense. It’s her latest retort to Trump, who this week withdrew the U.S. from a nuclear accord with Iran that European powers say they will uphold.
“It’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us,” Merkel said to applause in a speech honoring French President Emmanuel Macron, who sat behind her at a prize ceremony in Aachen, Germany. “Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands. That’s the task for the future.”