German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on European nations to unite and fill the void left by the US drawback from global agreements that have underpinned the trans-Atlantic relationship for decades.
“Under President Trump, the Atlantic has gotten wider. Trump’s isolationist policy has created a worldwide vacuum — that one can especially feel after the G-7,” Maas said. “The speed with which we must join forces in Europe is greater than ever. Therefore our common response today to ‘America First’ must be ‘Europe United.”’
His remarks come a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed President Donald Trump’s sustained criticism of Germany’s export prowess, arguing that the US runs a trade surplus with Europe when services are included.