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Merkel advisors say Germany has 'given up' on Donald Trump acting like a President

 

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Germany is concerned that it is being left on the sidelines by Donald Trump, with senior advisers unable to open communication channels with the new administration.

 

The Merkel government is insisting the US honours existing trade agreements amid fears the country is in for “a rough ride” from President Trump, who has said the UK will be “at the front of the queue” for new deals.

 

And, according to reports in German media, advisors to the Chancellor have "given up" hoping that the new President will act in a statesmanlike manner.

 

“None of us here believe that anymore,” one of the Chancellor’s advisers told Handelsblatt. “The Americans, and the world, will get the Trump they elected.”

 

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said after Friday’s inaugaration that Germany might need a new economic strategy geared towards Asia if the US government imposes protectionist policies.

 

It comes amid concerns the Mr Trump will be far more protectionist than his predecessor with question marks hanging over the future of the hugely important Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal.

 

“I think we have to prepare for a rough ride,” Mr Gabriel said in an interview with  broadcaster ZDF, in the first official German reaction to Trump's inauguration.

 

The leader of the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD), coalition partners of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling Conservatives, dismissed suggestions President Trump may not pursue some of his controversial promises, such as imposing high tariffs on cars imported from Mexico.

 

“He means it extremely seriously,” said Mr Gabriel. “What we heard today were high nationalistic tones.”


President Trump has been critical of the European Union, labelling it “a vehicle for Germany”, and said the UK was “so smart” following the Brexit vote.

 

And he emphasised his enthusiasm for the “special relationship” between the UK and the US, reportedly even referring to Prime Minister Theresa May as “my Maggie”.

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The thing is, Trump only knows how to play a zero sum game. It's even evidenced in his tweet. Him "winning" is more important than anything else. He has a successful empire, but after how many foreclosures? And with what consequences to his employees and contractors? 

 

You can't run a country on that philosophy. If you screw people over, it's more than just their money, it can sometimes mean their lives. 

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China, Germany and the UK are coming for USAs wig :dancehall3:

 

US could survive if it gives more ''democracy and liberty'' to other countries apart of those from middle east :dancehall2:

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Just now, Rihorse#1fan said:

China, Germany and the UK are coming for USAs wig :dancehall3:

 

US could survive if it gives more ''democracy and liberty'' to other countries apart of those from middle east :dancehall2:

Not sure about the UK, since Trump wants to work with them.

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