From an article at Agence France Presse, via yahoonews.com:
Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.
“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.
“We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she added.
While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny”, Merkel went on.
Ooohhhh, German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not like what Donald Trump said at the G7 summit. And based on his juvenile smirking, and blow-off of Mr. Trump, neither does new French President Emanuel Macron.
-They do not like that President Trump demanded European nations pay their designated share of the costs of NATO (currently only 5 of the 28 do).
-They do not like that President Trump is skeptical of the climate change accords.
-And they especially do not like that President Trump did not recommit to Article 5, which guarantees all NATO countries will defend any individual country that is attacked.
Now: what are they going to do about it?
Does NATO still need the USA? Yes. Simply stated, without us NATO is DOA.
Is Germany, France, or any other country going to pull out of NATO because of what Trump said? Nope.
So what will happen?
Hey, here’s a thought. Maybe now most or all NATO members will pay up and stop sticking it to the USA, as they have been for all these many years. And maybe now they will have to commit to more tangible means of defending themselves, instead of under-performing, secure in the knowledge that Uncle Sap will pick up the slack and do it for them.
In other words, what Donald Trump did in Brussels may not win him the Mr. Congeniality contest in Berlin or Paris. But what it very well may do is make NATO into a more equitable entity, with Europe finally contributing its share.
Y’know what? Thinking of it that way, I’m not especially concerned that Angela Merkel is miffed and Emanuel Macron has that smirk on his face.
Is what Donald Trump accomplished with NATO an example of “The Art of the Deal”? As in “when you are in a position of strength, don’t be shy about using it”? Sure looks that way.