Speaking from a Bavarian beer tent at a campaign rally, the leader of the free world made it official on Sunday.
“We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands,” Angela Merkel said, before delivering the following stark assessment of the political environment in the United States and the UK:
The times in which we can fully count on others are over, as I have experienced in the past few days.
Here's the video of Merkel's speech in Munich saying that Europe can't rely on the US & the UK anymore and "must take destiny in own hands". pic.twitter.com/dq8cUOeT37
— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) May 28, 2017
The chancellor was of course referring to the G7 summit in Sicily.
Angela Merkel says Germany can no longer rely on America under Donald Trump https://t.co/x96OGcNIQm
— The Independent (@Independent) May 28, 2017
There's not been a statement like this from Germany in generations. pic.twitter.com/UWH8513s8H
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 28, 2017
If you wrote a piece about Trump's successful foreign trip, you should sit quietly contemplating this quote for the next few hours. https://t.co/3lxgq4TNGe
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) May 28, 2017
And just like that, Donald Trump has managed to alienate the person who in the eyes of many, is Western democracy’s last, and strongest line of defense.
…to despair, in one year…