Richard Grenell: Germany's Angela Merkel and the tragic evolution of the Western European alliance

I was with Chancellor Merkel when President Trump gave her a private tour of his White House residence in 2018. I saw how President Trump used humor and facts to present her with the American people’s frustration that Germany refused to pay its NATO obligations while also buying worrying amounts of gas from Russia.

Tog, Merkel always struggled to explain why exactly her country had a budget surplus while not meeting their financial commitments to NATO’s defense. She also failed to make clear why exactly Germany was ignoring European concerns that she was feeding the beast of Russia with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline partnership.

LÊER - In this Monday, Aug.. 26, 2019 lêerfoto, Amerikaanse. President Donald Trump, accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, links, speaks during a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, Frankryk. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

LÊER – In this Monday, Aug.. 26, 2019 lêerfoto, Amerikaanse. President Donald Trump, accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, links, speaks during a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, Frankryk. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

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