Merkel's warning of frayed US-German relations should deeply trouble Americans

"It's no accident that Donald Trump tweeted his critical remarks of Germany right after Angela Merkel attacked the United States as not a reliable partner, her accusation was based on the United States not signing up to the Paris climate change agreement which shows how bound by ideological blindness our European partners are", James Jatras, a former Senate foreign policy analyst, told Press TV. Trump does what he's said he would do.

But the parallel may actually underestimate the discord that now exists across the Atlantic as the remaining veterans of the Normandy landings mark the 73rd anniversary of D-Day on June 6 and foreign policy elites remember the June 5, 1947, speech at Harvard University by George C. Marshall that inaugurated the post-war European aid plan that is seen as one of the triumphs of American foreign policy.

For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who often pulls her rhetorical punches, her weekend message signalling a shift in the post-war order was uncharacteristically blunt.Spicer gamely tried to deny the report, insisting that European Commission chairman Jean-Claude Juncker had confirmed that "Trump was not aggressive on German trade surplus". The statement was made hours after Trump complained about Germany in a tweet.

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Europeans do worry about several Trump themes. "We don't owe membership dues to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

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But if there's one thing we've learned throughout Merkel's near-12 years in office, it's to take her at her word.

"Especially growing up there, she saw the United States as a beacon of freedom".

U.S. -German relations have come under strain by Trump's repeated criticism of the country's trade deficit and his threat to impose a hefty tax on German carmakers for selling vehicles in the U.S. market that were produced elsewhere. So since you're misquoting the Chancellor, let me read what she actually said.

"We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States, in friendship with Great Britain, with other neighbors wherever possible, also with Russian Federation".

"The times when we could fully count on others are over, to a certain extent. But we must know that we need to fight for our future ourselves, as Europeans, for our destiny". "This isn't new. It's part of what being a transatlanticist is about". As such, will Europe really be able to take its fate into its own hands?

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