Donald Trump is not “Making America Great Again” at all. He is in fact doing the exact opposite. The United States under Trump has lost respect from multiple allies who once looked to the U.S. for leadership and partnership.
The New York Times reported this week that many Europen allies are done with working with the United States as long as Trump is president.
According to the Times, longtime European allies “are turning their backs” on Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel “was so uncomfortable” with the thought of being with Trump at the G-7 this summer, she told French President Emmanuel Macron, “I don’t want to be in the room with the guy,” according to William Drozdiak, a Brookings Institution senior fellow.
Merkel “knows that any event, Trump will spin as if the others are implicitly endorsing him, and that’s the last thing she wants to do,” Drozdiak told The Times.
Merkel doesn’t have a good relationship with the U.S. president.
German analyst Ulrich Speck says Chancellor Merkel has “been hurt by” Trump “often,” and “they don’t get along and they disagree on many policies.”
France’s attitude “toward Trump is a mix of sadness and anger,” said Thomas Gomart, director of the French Institute of International Relations.
“Our main ally refused to exercise leadership during the corona crisis,” he said of the American President, “and is every day more provocative toward its allies and is creating divisions that are very actively exploited by China.”
According to the Times, “After nearly four years, Mr. Trump has no diplomatic accomplishments, Mr. Gomart said, listing failures on North Korea, the Middle East, a deterioration of relations with China and no improvement of relations with Russia. Instead, Mr. Macron believes that Mr. Trump has damaged European security through his unilateral abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal as well as nearly every arms control agreement with Russia.”
Julianne Smith, a former Obama official now with the German Marshall Fund in Washington, said that Trump is “out of touch” with European allies.
He “continues to believe allies can be abused and mistreated and that he can order them around and at the same time count on them.”
The Times also reported the following:
Ms. Merkel’s refusal to come to Washington “says a lot about how fed up multiple leaders are around the world, who have seen how little return they’ve gotten on the investments they made into a relationship with Trump,” she said.
With the virus and the riots, she added, “now there is a sense of America’s weaknesses being exposed, and a feeling that the emperor has no clothes.”
You can read the full report HERE.