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Sat Feb 15, 2020, 12:07 AM

German President Refutes Trumps America First Policy at Munich Conference

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The leader made his remarks in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Adam Schiff during his opening speech at the annual conference.

During his opening speech at the 56th Munich Security Conference on Friday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier slammed US President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy approach, arguing that the US now puts its own interests first at the expense of its “closest allies”.

“Our closest ally, the United States of America, under the current administration, rejects the very concept of the international community,” Steinmeier noted, adding that the Trump administration callously described the nation as ”‘Great again’, but at the expense of neighbors and partners”, referring to the Trump campaign slogan without naming the US president.

Steinmeier said that the Trump administration's foreign policy platform “hurts us all”. The German president spoke in front of the largest and most high-profile US delegation to attend the annual event, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Adam Schiff, along with many other top-level representatives.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Berlin and other European NATO members for not meeting the 2 percent of GDP military spending goal, set at the 2014 NATO summit in Wales, UK. During NATO's 2019 summit in London, Trump singled out German Chancellor Angela Merkel as being personally responsible for not paying enough, although Berlin is one of 19 NATO members who do not meet the spending minimum.

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Sat Feb 15, 2020, 01:14 AM

1. When Herr Steinmeier can point to one instance when Germany altruistically sacrificed it's own

interests for those of its allies, his views might be worth listening to.

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Sat Feb 15, 2020, 01:35 AM

2. Now this makes me laugh. The Germans bitching

about the US putting its interests over those of the European Union. I give them a perfect 10 score for hypocrisy and another 10 for arrogance. It’s crap like this that caused Brexit.

Considering the way Germany and other European nations raped counties like Greece after Wall Street crashed the world’s economy, they can screw themselves IMO. Merkle & Co. were/are responsible for the current upheaval in Europe and the rise of the neo nazi parties that are making a comeback.

EDIT: WHY did autocorrect switch Markle for Merkle? Now that was weird.

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