German Chancellor Angela Merkel is receiving harsh backlash from U.S. intelligence officials because she refused to choose between the capitalist United States and communist China. In an interview, former acting director of national intelligence under the Trump administration, Richard Grenell remarks how Markel has been able to outmaneuver Biden in a matter of weeks.
According to Fox News:
“You have to give it to Chancellor Merkel: She outmaneuvered Joe Biden in just three weeks. Merkel made it clear she would not take sides between communist China and capitalist America, reversed the 10,000 U.S. troop withdrawal that Trump previously announced and got the Biden administration to stop enforcing Nord Stream 2 sanctions,” Grenell said.
For Grenell, who was the first openly gay person to hold a U.S. Cabinet-level position and who also served as ambassador to Berlin from 2018 to 2020, the “message is you can have a ‘Germany First’ policy, have your businesses totally engaged with China, and you do not need to take sides between Communist China and America.
“Merkel always wanted to return to the table where she sits across from a weak U.S. president,” he continued, adding that she did not like the Trump administration’s “transactional diplomacy.”
“From the German perspective, they get the pipeline [to import Russian natural gas] and do not have to pay their NATO commitment,” Grenell said. “Europe wants a U.S. president who won’t demand that they pay their bills.”
What do you think? How will Biden’s weak approach to foreign policy affect the U.S. and our standing in the world?
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