While President Trump was in Europe, he ruffled some feathers of European leaders with his blunt talk about expecting them to pay more for their own defense in NATO and his refusal to recommit America to the Paris climate change accord (which even liberal analysts admit is meaningless: it does nothing to reduce CO2 emissions in developing nations that account for 4/5ths of them; and even if you accept all its scientific claims, it would result in a temperature difference of just 0.2 degrees C. by the end of the century.)
Turns out European leaders don’t care for that old liberal saw about “speaking truth to power” when they’re the powers and they don’t want to hear the truth. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is facing a tough election, even made a veiled dig at Trump by suggesting that America was no longer a reliable ally. She said, “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days,” and added that “we have to know that we have to fight for our future and our fate ourselves as Europeans.”
That’s particularly ironic considering that the fate of Germany is under threat largely because of her own disastrous policy of opening up the borders and allowing her nation to be overrun with people who have no interest in preserving Germany as a European nation. Chancellor Merkel seems to have as much trouble telling who her friends are as she does telling who her enemies are.
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