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.
Angela Merkel was hit by a tomato that was apparently thrown by an opponent to her policy of letting untold numbers of immigrants from terrorist-harboring regions into Germany, and therefore into Europe.
Here she is around the moment the tomato landed. Unfortunately, you can’t really see it being thrown. Okay, I’m not saying it was a good thing it was thrown, just, if it gets thrown, we’d like to see it, right?
Someone else is delivering remarks, but don’t worry, I speak German. He is saying, “Doesn’t the chancellor look lovely today? I bet no one will throw a tomato at her.”
In the freeze frame below you can see Merkel looking at the tomato stain while others around her applaud the accuracy of the thrower.
The video below includes post-throw footage of the actual tomato, which appears to have been quite ripe. Fortunately for Merkel, the stain on her outfit is hard to see because she was in fact dressed as a tomato, though not so ripe.
If you look closely at this video, which is a dumb thing to do but fun so I did it, it looks like she started to try to shake his hand a couple of times, thought better of it, and then finally went for it.
Remember, last time, President Trump refused to shake her hand.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is steaming mad that an American leader declined to follow her dictates on the environment and asked her to spend a little less on socialism and a bit more on her own defense.
“The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days,” she said following her Donald Trump Experience at the NATO and G7 meetings. “This seems to be the end of an era, one in which the United States led and Europe followed.”
First of all, by general agreement, Barack Obama provided very little leadership. He led from behind, remember? The ascension of Merkel as a European force occurred in part because Obama was always pussyfooting around and recording zero foreign policy achievements amid many failures.
But now, Merkel says Europe must go its own way. My questions is, Where, exactly?
Toward a carbon emissions reduction agreement that many Americans don’t want and that will do harm to our economy while possibly doing very little to reduce global warming, to the extent manmade global warming exists? Fine. Please, go your own way.
Toward policies that allow unlimited, unvetted immigration of Muslim refugees who will never assimilate into Europe and carry with them a certain percentage of Jihadists? Well, okay, but I hate to see German and other European nations destroyed from within. I love Europe and would be sad to be without it.
Toward assuming responsibility for their own defense while combating ISIS and North Korea and standing up to China and Russia on their own?
Well, that’s not going to happen.
Martin Schulz, leader of the center-left Social Democrats and the man who is challenging Merkel, told reporters Trump was “the destroyer of all Western values”, according to Reuters. “One must stand in the way of such a man with his ideology of rearmament,” Schulz added.
Rearmament? America is just asking for a little armament, not rearmament.
Trump wants Merkel to spend 2 percent of Germany’s GDP on its defense, which it is supposed to do, instead of its current level of 1.2 percent, and her and Mr. Schulz’s heads explode. And, OMG, he said Germany is sending us too many cars. Such insolence!
Will they now decide not to support us with troops if we have to go to war somewhere? Okay, fine, with the exception of Great Britain, European participation in places like Iraq and Afghanistan are just for show. Their troops probably get in the way as much as they help and just add a layer of logistical troubles.
Anyway, part of what Merkel was doing was politics. With Trump in charge, America-bashing is in all over Europe. I mean, more than it usually is.
When was the last time anybody ever heard a European leader thank America’s hardworking taxpayers and brave fighting men and women for their sacrifice on their behalf? How about some of that instead of sanctimony and petty protests?
I don’t know, maybe I’m just not used to Europeans expressing gratitude to the United States. Or politicians delivering eloquent statements immersed in real thoughts, feelings, and history – however uncomfortable and true. But Chancellor Merkel’s toast to President Obama and the United States tonight struck a chord with me, and I thought you might like to read some excerpts.
Barack Obama, I think what was possible today also, again, was to show you how many people here in Germany feel a great sense of admiration towards you — because, in many ways, you personally embody the image of the United States as a country of unlimited possibility . . .
Mr. President, your visit shows yet again how close this friendship is, and that it is a friendship that is not only close but that is also unshakeable in its foundation, but that certainly is not something that can be taken as a matter of course. It’s not a natural kind of development if you think of the past of the two terrible wars and the wars for which Germany was responsible.
If you think of the break with civilization that the Shoah had constituted, if you think of the long way that we’ve come together — for example, the fact that then your country stretched out a hand of friendship, the Candy Bombers; that Kennedy made this commitment to our country in saying, “I am a Berliner.” All of that has not come as a matter of course. All the way to Ronald Reagan’s exclamation, tear down — an appeal — “Tear down this wall.”
We’ve come a long way. Again, it was not a matter of course, it was not natural, but it is a long way that has brought us to this place where we finally can celebrate, can meet together and celebrate our freedom together.
All the way leading up to German unity, to the unification of our country, you have demonstrated that you trust us, that the United States of America places great trust in our country. During the period of the Cold War, you have demonstrated time and again that you support us, that you place trust in us, and that is something for which we are very grateful . . .
This world of the 21st century is growing ever closer together, but it is true that in this 21st century too, as I said, I see great challenges ahead. And what’s also true is, in order to master those challenges, there can possibly and arguably be no better partner for Germany, for Europe, than the United States of America, and the reverse, obviously, is also true.
So allow me to raise my glass and drink to your very good health, Mr. President, to the very good health of your wife, Michelle — (applause) — and to pay tribute at the same time to the friendship between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States, and to the people of America and the people of Germany who constitute the true core of our friendship.
Merkel, as you may know, grew up in East Germany. Maybe she has just a little bit more appreciation than her EU partners of the value of freedom and the United States.
Thank you, Chancellor, for your friendship as well.
Well, Benetton, which make overpriced clothing and reportedly isn’t doing that great in the down economy, has produced photos of world leaders kissing each other as part of its new I’M NOT GOING TO BE IGNORED advertising campaign.
Well, that’s not the official name of the campaign.
The being WHITE HOUSE Dossier, I provide you the photos of Obama, here seen kissing Hu Jintao and Hugo Chavez.
White House no like.
“The White House has a long-standing policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said in a statement. Schultz, according to Politico, declined to say if the White House would take action.
Like, what kind of action? Revoking the First Amendment?
You know, I believe they might be Photoshopped anyway.
I guess a lot of people will be outraged but, awwww, I think it’s kind of sweet. I’m pretty sure I saw Hu making eyes at Obama last time he was here anyway.
Okay, I’m headed for trouble. I did NOT see Hu making eyes at Obama last time he was here.
A famished German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen staggering about Washington’s restaurant-heavy Georgetown neighborhood last night looking for something to eat following a State Dinner thrown in her honor at the White House.
The portly Merkel had been treated to a healthy meal by Michelle Obama, who has finally begun serving the type of lean foods at the White House she recently put on kids’ school lunch menus. At the dinner, Merkel was given salad, tuna, carrots, ginger snaps, and petite filet with crab ravioli to eat.
“Hungry! Hungry!” the confused and dizzy German leader yelled at passers by as she made her way down M Street, occasionally stumbling to the pavement as she groped to find a suitable place to eat. “The petite filet was the size of a grape!” she kept exclaiming.
Concerned onlookers offered her Reeses Bars, Skittles, and other items they happened to have with them, but she brushed them aside.
“I want a steak with a serious amount of marble in it,” the Chancellor declared.
Witnesses said Merkel was clearly angry with the Obamas.
“President Obama can trim all the fat from an entree but can’t get any of it out of his bulging federal budget!” she yelled at nobody in particular.
Merkel eventually made her way to Morton’s Steak House, where she pulled a Mauser out of her purse and demanded a raw 20 oz. Porterhouse, a fork, and a knife.
Horrified patrons watched as Merkel ripped the flesh off the T-bone and greedily consumed large chunks of meat, blood dripping from the sides of her mouth.
“Michelle’s probably on the Truman balcony eating her real dinner right now,” she murmured to the startled guests at the next table. “And Barack is always chewing that Nicorette, so you can bet he’s never hungry in the first place.”
After finishing the steak and putting away a large side of creamed spinach, three bottles of Becks and a slab of German Black Forest Cake,” she began to shout “potato dumplings! potato dumplings!”
When told by the manager that Mortons didn’t have any, she again pulled her Mauser out of her purse, but was convinced by her nervous security detail to put it back in.
As she was headed out the door a waiter approached her with the bill.
“Dollars? Why would you want dollars for this?” she demanded. “They’re worthless.” She dropped some Euros on the floor and continued her way out the door.
Reached late last evening, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called breaking with the past tradition of high-calorie State Dinners a “gutsy move” on the part of the first lady.
“Ever since Chinese President Hu Jintao suffered a heart attack at the last State Dinner, the first lady and her staff have been working day and night to craft a menu that is both pleasing to the palate and easy on the arteries,” he said. “We are sorry this did not accomodate what is clearly Chancellor Merkel’s sizable dinnertime appetite.”
Merkel was said by an aide to be resting comfortably early this morning at the German Embassy.
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