Following remarks in which President Trump told the head of NATO that Germany was too dependent on Russia for its natural gas and not spending enough defense, Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the press their own meeting, which seems to have been hastily scheduled, was going great.
Said Trump: “We’re having a great meeting. We’re discussing military expenditure, we’re talking about trade. We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor, we have a tremendous relationship with Germany.”
Said Merkel: “I am pleased to have this opportunity to be here for this exchange of views. Indeed we have an opportunity to have an exchange of our economic developments on issues such as migration and also the future of our trade relations. We are partners, we are good partners and wish to continue to cooperate in the future.”
Of course, “exchange of views” is code politicians of all nations use for “arguing.”
It must be so unsettling for the Europeans, after dealing with the deferential Obama and the always-polite Bush, to get shocking doses of reality from Trump. This is why he was elected, to confront problems head-on and deal with the nation and the world as we find it. That is, not in good shape.