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In this morning’s blog post I referenced an article by the Spiegel where they described what they thought about US President Donald Trump. I only provided a snippet of the article, but directly beneath it was a paragraph that went into detail.
Merkel’s people are hoping for some similar magic at an upcoming encounter that will be even more sensitive. On Tuesday, she will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. It will be the first in-person meeting between the two since the U.S. election in November. And it could be the most difficult meeting Merkel has ever faced as chancellor.
The two couldn’t be more different. On the one side is an unsophisticated yet self-absorbed political neophyte who has made it clear that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to achieve what he sees as America’s interests. On the other is one of the most experienced leaders in the world, one who many see as being the last defender of democracy and Western values — a view that Merkel herself considers to be a dangerous misjudgment given the limits of German power. Indeed, she calls it “absurd.”
It was at this point when I read the article, that I knew that Merkel was at a disadvantage.
I want to try to keep this simple because there’s no real need to make it overly complicated. The part about Trump being unsophisticated and self-absorbed is a mischaracterization. It’s the same line of talk that I’ve seen repeated again and again from reading European news sources. This was repeated so many times that Europeans have simply accepted it, and now they have this very warped view of Donald Trump.
It’s far closer to the truth that Trump has a very very high IQ. At the same time he’s also a gentleman, but you wouldn’t know that from the repeated mischaracterization of him by the democratic party in the United States. They like to repeat that one story about locker room talk, but does that encapsulate what Trump is made of? No. If you look at the 50 million plus middle class Americans who voted for him, (the ones who don’t have Facebook, or Twitter), then you’ll slowly understand that Donald is a good person.
To start off a meeting with a flawed knowledge of Trump leaves Merkel at a disadvantage, because if she found out she was wrong about Trump, she would then have to make concessions to apologize for accepting the mischaracterization.
Anyways, that’s that. It doesn’t get any more complicated.
Update, according to Reuters, Donald called Merkel by phone to tell her that there was going to be a winter storm in the northeastern United States. See what I mean? He’s a gentleman.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was already on her way to the airport on Monday to fly to Washington for her first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump when he rang her to postpone the trip due to the approach of a winter storm.
The storm, which is expected to hit the northeastern United States, has prompted airlines to cancel thousands of flights and some mayors to order schools to close on Tuesday.
After her 10-minute conversation with Trump, Merkel continued to Berlin’s Tegel airport to personally inform reporters who were due to travel with her to Washington of the change of plan.
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