German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent the last few months regularly criticizing Donald Trump and his policies. Her consistent anti-Trump rhetoric will make for an awkward, about-face meeting with President Trump this week.
NBC News reported that Merkel has publicly bashed Trump’s temporary travel ban as well as his comment that the mainstream press is the “enemy of the American people.”
“I stand by a free and independent press and have great respect for journalists,” Merkel said in a speech during this year’s Munich Security Conference.
This week, Merkel is heading to Washington D.C. with her tail between her legs for her first real meeting with Trump. Perhaps this meeting with Trump will win back the goodwill of Germans who have witnessed a surging rise in migrant crime under Merkel.
Before she left Germany, Merkel said she believes “one-on-one conversations are always much better than talking about each other,” calling that the “slogan for her visit.” Clearly, Merkel is afraid that Trump will mercilessly highlight her failing to protect German citizens against an influx of unvetted migrants and thus, have created chaos and dissension in Germany.
“The German people are going to end up overthrowing this woman. I don’t know what the hell she is thinking,” Trump said in 2016.
Merkel is a close friend and ally of Barack Obama, but when she lands in Washington, she’ll quickly learn there’s a new sheriff in town.