Top German official: Relations with US ‘will never be the same’ after Trump

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A top German official said that relations between the U.S. and Germany “will never be the same” after President Trump’s time in office.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said during a foreign policy conference in Berlin that the Trump administration looks more and more at Europe as a “competitor or economic rival” instead of as an ally, according to The New York Times.

During the speech, he also said that Germany needs to be able to “define our own position and, if necessary, draw red lines, in partnership, but oriented around our own interests.”


“This means that, as a matter of course, we will also be seen as a competitor,” he said.

Trump often advocates his “America First” agenda. Throughout the first year of his presidency, he has faced criticism from some European leaders for some of his actions and policies.

The New York Times also reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received a “chilly” reception in Brussels this week.

Tillerson’s spokesman, R.C. Hammond, said allies have been “very frank today in sharing some of their views.”

During a morning visit to the United States Embassy in Brussels, Tillerson said the Trump administration doesn’t have “any wins on the board yet,” according to the newspaper.

But, he added: “I can tell you we’re in much better position to advance America’s interests around the world than we were 10 months ago.”

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