Well, it seems as though President Donald Trump won’t have the warm greeting he was hoping for upon arriving in Hamburg to meet with various world leaders at the G-20 Summit in July. This is merely speculation, but considering that many Europeans are preparing a unified response to many of Trump’s positions that have ticked off a lot of America’s closest allies, it may be an awkward first meeting.
The woman in charge of setting the agenda for the two days of meetings, Chancellor Angela Merkel, had some words for Trump. Merkel addressed the president’s positions on climate change and trade in an aggressive speech before the German parliament. She predicted that it is going to be a very hard meeting, but added that she is “determined to send a signal.” The greatest part of the Chancellor’s speech is that she never even had to mention Trump by name for people to know exactly who she was speaking of.
Merkel stated that she has already been in contact with other European leaders and that they were preparing to show as a united front against Trump on many important issues, including climate change.
‘The European Union unconditionally stands by its agreement in Paris and will implement it. Since the U.S. decision to leave the Paris climate agreement, we are more determined than ever to make it a success.
‘We want to tackle this existential challenge and we can’t and won’t wait until the last person on earth is convinced of the scientific basis for climate change. The discord is obvious and it would be dishonest to paper over the conflict.’
In front of German parliament on Thursday, Merkel told German legislators:
‘Anyone who believes the problems of this world can be solved with isolationism and protectionism is making a huge mistake.’
Although she did not call the president out by name, it is very clear to whom she is referring.
Trump and Merkel have met in the past. In fact, when Trump first met Merkel in Washington it was noted by the press that Trump did not shake her hand, and refused to even make eye contact with her. Now he is going to be forced to face her again, hopefully this time with a little more respect.
You can see a video of Merkel’s remarks below:
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