Donald Trump decided to officially back out of a G7 communique using a Twitter message yesterday, which has ended up destroying the United States’ historic levels of trust with Europe. France and Germany have already responded to Trump’s unpresidential move and it’s not looking good.
French President Macron’s office said France and other EU countries would maintain their support for the final G7 communique, but blasted Trump and quite literally called him untrustworthy and overly emotional. “Let’s be serious and worthy of our people. We make commitments and keep to them,” a statement from the French presidency quoted by AFP news agency said. “International co-operation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks.”
Germany has also responded similarly, with its Foreign Minister Heiko Maas saying, “It’s actually not a real surprise, we have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal. In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 twitter characters.”
The following is the social media post that Trump made; “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” Trump said.
Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
Ultimately it is Americans who will pay for Trump’s inability to properly negotiate and get along with our Europeans allies. Not to mention, this is exactly what Russia wants right now. Fighting between the U.S. and Europe makes it much easier for them to keep moving towards their goal of reclaiming their soviet era size and power, which is why they annexed Crimea in 2014.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein responded to Trump’s lashing out as well, saying, “It seems to me, not to sign a statement of solidarity, which stands for everything we stand for, is a big mistake. I understand the president was upset. The president could have said that. But to walk away from our allies in this way, I think, is a mistake,” she added.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 10, 2018