Joe Quinn spoke with PressTV today about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Washington, DC. Distinctly low-key compared with French president Emmanuel Macron’s 3-day love-fest with US president Donald Trump, the US-German summit merely underscored the isolationist approach Trump has taken with respect to its ‘closest partners’.
The US government imposed import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum in March, but it provided a temporary exemption until May 1 for the EU. Judging by both Merkel and Trump’s statements to the media following their meeting, Trump is probably not going to make the exemption permanent. In short, ‘Europe must pay!
Coupled with the EU leaders’ failure to turn Trump back from reneging on the JCPOA Iran deal, this week’s meeting with the leaders of Europe’s two biggest countries serves to underscore a ‘parting of ways’ within the Atlantic alliance.