President-elect Donald Trump managed to create a lot of buzz recently, after claiming in an interview that he believes NATO is “obsolote” and more member states will eventually leave the European Union. Like expected, his declaration attracted several remarks from Europe, most of them negative.
European leaders are calling for unity
According to Al Jazeera, Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said that Donald Trump’s views on NATO, as well as the criticism regarding allied members not paying their fair share, managed to cause astonishment.
France also reacted, with president Francois Hollande saying that the European Union bloc doesn’t need to be told what to do, especially by outsiders, while foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault asked Europeans to stay united.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the other side, wasn’t that surprised, saying that Trump’s positions weren’t a secret. However, she added that Europeans have their fate in their own hands.
“I’m personally going to wait until the American president takes office, and then we will naturally work with him on all levels,” Merkel said.
Trump views are way different than the ones shared by one of his key men!
This isn’t the first time when Donald Trump makes such comments, since his campaign was full of them. Still, we were a bit surprised about him repeating these ideas, considering that James Mattis, his choice for defense secretary, assured the EU of his support, during last week’s US congressional confirmation.
The president-elect declared that he doesn’t care that much if whether the EU stays together or not, an attitude completely different from Barack Obama’s, which encouraged Great Britain to vote to remain in the EU.
“I believe others will leave … I do think keeping it together is not gonna be as easy as a lot of people think,” Trump said in the above-mentioned interview.