Along with the enemies President Donald Trump has been making far too easily lately, he’s now alienating one of our closest allies, Germany.
In a phone call between President Trump and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel that lasted 45-minutes, Chancellor Merkel attempted to explain to Trump the responsibility the US has to the Geneva Conventions and to helping those in need. Her spokesman Steffen Seibert said:
‘The Geneva Refugee Convention requires the international community to take in refugees from war on humanitarian grounds. All signatory states are expected to do so. The Chancellor explained this policy to the US President in their call yesterday.’
This is, of course, in response to the executive order Trump signed that bans individuals from entering the United States from Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, and Yemen. We can only imagine President Trump listened carefully nodding as he usually does while thinking, “Geneva Convention BAD. Muslim BAD. ‘MURRICA GOOD.” It’s a very considerate and kind gesture that she would try her best to give Trump an introductory college lesson on the Geneva Conventions, though. Really, on behalf of the American people, we thank her for trying. She’s offered to work with Trump before but only based on the common values of “democracy, freedom, respect for the law and human dignity regardless of background, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political conviction.” She stressed that cooperating with the US “remains a cornerstone of German foreign policy.”
Chancellor Merkel is well known for her stance on taking in refugees with Germany taking in over a million refugees. Trump, of course, thought that was a lame-brain move saying, “I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals.”
Merkel expressed her regrets that Trump would institute a travel ban with Seibert pointing back to her feelings on terrorism and refugees in the same statement:
‘The Chancellor regrets the US government’s entry ban against refugees and citizens of certain countries.
She is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn’t justify putting people of a particular origin or particular faith under general suspicion.’
With America turning its back on refugees, the burden falls on other humanitarian states, such as Germany, to pull up the slack. It’s not far-fetched to say that when you turn your back on someone, they will turn their back on you. Seibert echoed that sentiment when he stated what the German government’s response to the ban will be.
‘The German government will now examine what consequences the measure of the US government will have for German citizens with double citizenship and will represent their interests, if necessary, before our American partners.’
They also discussed in their phone call the importance of NATO. Of course, President Trump is the one that once said NATO was “obsolete.” To be specific, he said, “One; that it was obsolete because it was designed many many years ago, and number two; that the countries weren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay.” However, the White House released a statement after their phone call that Trump and Merkel agreed that NATO members should pay their fair share. In a joint statement, they said,
‘The leaders recognized that NATO must be capable of confronting 21st-century threats and that our common defense requires appropriate investment in military capabilities to ensure all allies are contributing their fair share to our collective security.’
Trump also accepted an invite from Merkel to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg in July. He also looks forward to having her visit the White House.
Featured image via Getty Images / Sean Gallup.