German Press: "That Was No Presidential Speech; That Was A Declaration Of War"

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Following yesterday's openly confrontational, deliberately protectionist presidential address by president Trump, which in various circles has been dubbed the "American carnage" speech for obvious reasons, some of Obama's closest foreign friends are scrambling to find a role in a world that has drastically changed in less than 24 hours. One of them is the foreign leader whom Obama spoke to last before vacating the White House, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who vowed on Saturday to seek compromises on issues like trade and military spending with Trump, adding she would work on preserving the important relationship between Europe and the United States.

"He made his convictions clear in his inauguration speech," Merkel said in remarks broadcast live, a day after Trump vowed to put 'America first'.

Speaking at a news conference in the south-western town of Schoental, Merkel - and finding herself in a world where many of her "established" friends have been swept away by the tide of "populist anger" - suddenly struck a more conciliatory tone toward Trump than Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who on Friday said Germany should prepare for a rough ride under the new U.S. president.

"I say two things with regards to this (speech): first, I believe firmly that it is best for all of us if we work together based on rules, common values and joint action in the international economic system, in the international trade system, and make our contributions to the military alliances," Merkel said. Judging by Trump's fiery sermon, he disagrees.

"And second, the trans-Atlantic relationship will not be less important in the coming years than it was in past years. And I will work on that. Even when there are different opinions, compromises and solutions can be best found when we exchange ideas with respect," added Merkel.

The conservative German leader, who is seeking a fourth term and enjoyed a close relationship with former president Barack Obama, is seen by liberals across the Atlantic as a voice of reason that counterbalances rising populist parties in Europe. That voice, however, has rising problems at home, where her approval rating has tumbled over the past year due to her immigration policies, where "radical" views such as those espoused by Trump are gaining traction.

As Reuters notes, relations with the United States, Germany's biggest trading partner, are likely to be a hot topic in electioneering in coming months leading to a general election in September. And in the aftermath of the Trump speech, which defined Trump's "negotiating baseline", Merkel will have no choice but admit weakness in accepting compromises with a man who has criticized her decision in 2015 to throw open Germany's borders to asylum seekers fleeing wars and conflicts, and has said he believes other countries will leave the EU after Britain and that the NATO military alliance was obsolete.

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Yet while Merkel may be hoping for a fresh start with the new US president, her domestic institutions and media will be far less forgiving to any indication of weakness from the chancellor.

The best example of this, so far, is an article penned this morning by Gabor Steingart, chief in chief of Handelsblatt, Germany's leading economic newspaper, who burned all compromise bridges when he said that "that was no presidential speech; that was a veritable declaration of war."

The savage criticism continued:"Threatening in tone. Cold and calculating in logic. Change minus the hope. Donald Trump used the traditional Inauguration Day address to settle a score with the U.S. political establishment going back decades. With four ex-presidents sitting a few feet behind him, the 45th president delivered a populist manifesto."

He notes than any attempts at compromise will fail because "the new president loves a good fight, not consensus. He doesn’t want to hug, but to smother, to overwhelm" and add that "in domestic policy, the Trump agenda sounds like a blueprint for civil war; in foreign policy, it sounds like the dawn of a new ice age."

Hardly an amicable setting for Merkel to be demand compromises.

For the German press what hope there is that the Trump phenomenon will be promptly overthrown lies in the face of three opponents: "Opponent No. 1: The other America. Across the country, an anti-Trump movement is growing"... "Opponent No. 2: The Media. Among publishers, producers, filmmakers and journalists, Trump has hardly any friends. CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Hollywood couldn’t warm to the volcanic personality of the new president."... "Opponent No. 3: The Political Party System. Washington is having an allergic reaction to Trump. Democrats and even Republicans are cooperating on Capitol Hill to investigate the Trump team’s contacts to Russia in a special committee."

It is clear on whose side the German economic press is; the bigger question for Merkel is whether in the aftermath of this "war" by Trump, the German people will side with her, and distance themselves from the "American populist", or whether the backlash against the establishment will reverberate further, leading to even more pain for Merkel in the upcoming polls.

Finally, should Merkel's "compromise" approach fail, will Germany respond to Trump's "declaration of war" in kind, and will it be simply trade, or conventional?

Full Handelsblatt letter below:

The Demons Have Been Unchained

 

That was no presidential speech; that was a veritable declaration of war. Threatening in tone. Cold and calculating in logic. Change minus the hope. Donald Trump used the traditional Inauguration Day address to settle a score with the U.S. political establishment going back decades. With four ex-presidents sitting a few feet behind him, the 45th president delivered a populist manifesto.   

 

Until his victory, the nation’s political elite used days like these, he told America, to celebrate amongst themselves. Their triumph was not your triumph. Their well-being was not your well-being. But this time, power would transfer not just from one party to the other, but from Washington back to the people. In the people’s name, he will put America “first.” In their name, he will “take back” America’s factories. In their name, he will “exterminate” Islamic terrorism, end inner-city drug gang “bloodbaths” and get NATO partners like Germany to pay more for Europe’s security. In domestic policy, the Trump agenda sounds like a blueprint for civil war; in foreign policy, it sounds like the dawn of a new ice age. Not that he’s cold-bloodedly planning either one, but he knows where his fiery rhetoric will lead him. The new president loves a good fight, not consensus. He doesn’t want to hug, but to smother, to overwhelm. 

 

Yesterday was his day, but the days that follow may belong to his opponents. There are three main opponents that could bring him down politically.

 

Opponent No. 1: The other America. Across the country, an anti-Trump movement is growing. While only 10,000 people came to an open-air concert in Washington celebrating his victory on the night before the inauguration, 20,000 people took to the streets in New York to protest his elevation. Their signs shouted: Not My President. The security and surveillance costs around Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, at the corner of 56th Street, is costing taxpayers about a half million dollars – each day. 

 

Opponent No. 2: The Media. Among publishers, producers, filmmakers and journalists, Trump has hardly any friends. CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Hollywood couldn’t warm to the volcanic personality of the new president. Even an unbroken Twitter assault has no chance against such a monolithic wall of media rejection. He hates them, and they hate him right back. He pushes forward his agenda, and they push back unabashedly with theirs. Trump enters The White House with the lowest approval rating ever of an elected president.

 

Opponent No. 3: The Political Party System. Washington is having an allergic reaction to Trump. Democrats and even Republicans are cooperating on Capitol Hill to investigate the Trump team’s contacts to Russia in a special committee. House Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t see himself as a Trump follower but as a Trump successor. He is the wolf in sheep’s clothing, biding his time, waiting for an opening. Put another way: Not only Democrats are hoping for an impeachment proceeding.

 

America is now on the brink of a new period of polarization. The demons in this fraternal battle have been unchained. The greatness that Trump seeks will not be borne under these conditions. An icy wind is blowing across the land.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Gabor Steingart

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Looney's picture

 

Germany is a very tolerant country. The Germans have been “tolerating” Merkel’s badly fit outfits for far too long!

Angela, for Schnitzel’s sake, buy yourself a push-up bra or start wearing a picket sign to cover your hideous torso.   ;-)

Looney

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

America First?

How dare he say such a thing.

Next thing, Germans might expect Merkel to put Germans first.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

That's not napalm.

That's Merkel's schnitzel.

It's cooked.

Save_America1st's picture

"cold and calculating in logic"....

 

um...yeah, bitch....facts and logic tend to be like that, because they're true. 

go suck more muloid dick you fuckin' traitor. Hope the German people string her up just like we should do to Hitlery.

FireBrander's picture

Yes, it was a Declaration of War...on the people STANDING BEHIND HIM and thier ideology..

It was a Declartion of WAR on EVIL: the Clintons, the Bush's, The Obama's!

The Clintons: ~100,000 DEAD in Bosnia alone...for what?

The Bush's: ~500,000 DEAD in Iraq alone...for what?

The Obama's: ~500,000 Dead in Syria, ~100,000 dead in Libya, 10,000 DEAD in Yemen...MILLIONS OF REFUGEES whose PEACEFUL LIVES have been DESTROYED...

At a MINIMUM...VERY MINIMUM...the Clintons, the Bush's and the Obama's HAVE KILLED 1.2 MILLION PEOPLE in the name of what?

...and Obama walks away from the carnage with adoration from the media and his voting base; his golf clubs and "Peace Prize" in hand.

Sickening.

GGuy's picture

FUCK OFF AND DIE MERKEL...you 'NAZI joo tool cunt!

holgerdanske's picture

"i" is important!!

\Damm, fast aint you??! 

JRobby's picture

A declaration of war?

Like when your surrogate, globalist army masses troops and weapons on multiple borders of a non globalist influenced country? Assassinates some if it's diplomats in neighboring countries?

That type of declaration of war?

BullyBearish's picture

Before we all get too excited about "America First"...let's see if trump's definition of America is the same as ours.  Given his cabinet picks and his inauguration guests (self-described "King Zionist" Sheldon Adelson) I don't have confidence his America is the same as mine.  Make him prove it is, not just by speeches...remember where Obummer's nice speeches got us.

Greyhat's picture

We would be very pleased if Trump pulled US assets from Europe. :)

LibertarianMenace's picture

We would be as well. Perhaps you could help us by giving Trump and those assets a push - OUT!

MalteseFalcon's picture

Merkel, the German "conservative" that is the darling of American "liberals"?

Angela, you are not getting a fourth term, so get over it.

Germany, stand by for new orders fr0om the home office.

Creative_Destruct's picture

Why shouldn't there be a "declaration of war" on the  stupid "carnage" of the last 3 administrations?

They say there is no "carnage?"

Let's see, there is no "carnage" except:

In Chicagostan and Batimoristan, and other USurbanastans where the stupid drug wars are raging and Thousands are dying,

AND throughout the Middle East where the Deep State Neocon interests of the last 3 administrations have racked up a tab of  AT Least 1.5 Million dead and Tens of Millon homeless and destitute. 

But never mind, if it's not in the snowflake's cushy neighborhoods(predominantly white) where the stats show a drop in violence it doesn't count.

Who are the REAL Xenophobes and Racists here????

 

WordSmith2013's picture

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lucitanian's picture

Couldn't agree more. And for Merkel, September might work out just fine giving enough time for USns and the world to have counted a few of the spots on this tiger.

In my opinion Trumps election just reflects the reality of the US internally and externally as it looses influence more (thank heavens), over global affairs. Trump's election may well serve as a catalyst to force the European Union to make the necessary overhauls to its charter.

The reports of the ending of the EU are premature. No doubt that the federalists over-shot the mark and miscalculated the importance of people and the electorate in the Lisbon Treaty, but there is nothing that another couple of pow-waws can't solve. And with US influence less important among the ex-surrogates, perhaps a union more reflective of the interests of Europeans can be achieved. The dominance of Germany and France, excesses of Brussels and Strasbourg and the penury of the south European whipping boys has given a good insight into the areas that desperately need reform, not to mention, the Euro itself and the ECB.

Following the internationalist (US) plan, has left Europe with no real plan of its own, hence the confused foreign policy, and impotence in establishing reactive policy in European matters such as finance and immigration. This is partly because countries have lost any vision of integration and are all just pulling for what's best for them. No vision left.

The US's isolation as well as the rumblings of "nationalism" on the far Right in the EU may be the best medicine to precipitate a new Treaty between Europeans, most of whom, by the way, are not so worried, as the press make out, and who are pretty content with the benefits of an open European Union.

 

brianshell's picture

Sincer the US is defacto bankrupt and is totally a puppet, financially, of the zio banking cartel, it is completely up to them if and when to pull the plug. Our only chance is to revoke the Feds charter and resume issuing sovereign money. We can either declare the Fed debt onerous and illegal, write it off the books or, sooth the zios by paying them off over a five year term of 20% per year, while at the same time increasing the reserve currency requirement for banks by 20% per year until it reaches and maintains 100%. Trump will need all the wisdom and support he can get to pull this off.  As our colonies knew, the right to issue and control our own currency is the most important key to sovereignty. Otherwise we are slaves to our lenders and are not sovereign.

Europe is under the thumb of the same cartel and foolishly agreed to relinquish their right to issue sovereign money. They too must revert to the sound money system before the knowledge pool dies off. Having a Europe where matters of mutual benefit are shared is fine, but lets not agree to chokepoints tailor made for the zio bankers to exert control superior to sovereigns and to the voters of the various nations.

 

crazzziecanuck's picture

Anyone can start.  They can demand they be paid in coinage, not Reserve notes.  Get enough people to do that and it will provoke a result.

Just realized that this push to drive everyone to shop online is an even worse than I imagined.

Akzed's picture
Bill Kristol: ‘It’s profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim America first’

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/01/21/bill-kristol-profoundly-depressin...

JRobby's picture

Next time you see an Elk grazing, go pet it.

Ballin D's picture

his definition appears to be "Americans who contribute to America."

 

If you hope to sit on welfare and drain the wellbeing from the people around you, trump is likely to leave you behind.

Cynicles's picture

SCOTUS pick(s) will the deciding factor for many of us.

JRobby's picture

And for our children and grandchildren. 

I would love to see a resignation negotiated with Roberts.

monk27's picture

Yes, it did sound like a declaration of war. Let's see, America and Russia against Germany... Anybody still remembering how the old movie ended ? :)

Greyhat's picture

The Russians remember the 90s quite well, no chance! ;)

eatthebanksters's picture

The 'unfuckable one' just shit herself.  Trump sent the rallying cry to people of nations around the world.  He socialist agenda is over and she knows it.  Her dream of being the first woman ruler of the new world order, after Obozo did his term first, is over.  Her people are tired of their tax dollars going to support other failing countries and they are tired of having to adjust their cultural lifestyle to immigrants who refuse to assimilate into German society. La Pen will win in France and then its all over for the EU.  This dumb ugly cunt can't figure out that when she and her socialist buddies in Belgium decided to turn the monetary uninon of the EU into a political union, it blew up.  Good fucking riddance!!

 

People are tribal and always will be.  The only way you ever completely stop wars and insurrection is unfortunately through violent means. Whether we are many countries with a few at war or a global nation with a number of insurrections going on at any time, the only difference is the big companies and the oligarchs make more money in the one world scenario.  Other than that the rest is all lies and Merkel knows this...the sheeple of Germany are figuring it out...She is yesterdays news and she knows it.

Bush Baby's picture

To her credit she did point out that the USA is responsible for the refugee crisis, and that we make shitty cars.

BarkingCat's picture

No, SHE is responsible for the refugee crisis.

Obama is responsible for destroying their country of Syria and some in the EU (mostly France and Italy) are mostly responsible for destroying Libya.

 

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) holgerdanske Jan 21, 2017 11:28 AM

No more "Mr. Nice Guy."  We're not your patsy anymore Angela.  Get used to it.

 

bamawatson's picture

my girlfriend often says
"that was quick"

Bollockinell's picture

So did you tell her how you got the blisters on your palm?

petar's picture

Poor poeple starting to realize how dumb they were voting Trump. Merkel is going to crush him so much you heads will spin.!

Paper Mache's picture

With her big fat stinky thighs

jm's picture

Thanks for the belly laugh.

JRobby's picture

Oh!?!? I didn't realize she weighed that much? I just thought she had about 30 on Hillary?

IntTheLight's picture

The morally impoverished, welfare cheats and the skanks who marched today, voted Hillary. Where was Code Pink for the last 8 years? I feel sorry for the sons of those silly women. When a woman's number one concern is abortion, she's morally bereft. No maternal instincts. And that Judd woman has gone fully looney. She had a gorgeous husband and could have had gorgeous children. Instead she screams vulgarities. And couldn't these women upped their game instead of dressing like slobs. And why is it these women reject Christianity but support Islam? And why do so many look like nuns? They hate nuns but then cut their hair and dress blandly.

CNONC's picture

My wife asked the same thing. She noted how her and other women have not lost any pay in the last 24 hrs,yet the signs demanding "=pay now." were out in force today on the news coverage. My wife noted that IF women dont have equal pay now, they haven't had it the last 8 yrs either. She too wondered where the signs and marches were the last 8 yrs. She REFUSES to have these "women" speak for her. As a woman w/ a degree, she feels no need to have others speak for her...especially the stupid and hysterical. 

JRobby's picture

Yup, she went full retard. And you never go full retard. 

Madonna was just being herself.  In has-been mode now of course.

CuttingEdge's picture

As if Merkel hasn't put Germany first (until she invited in the Islamic barbarian horde to fuck her own people over) at the expense of the rest of Europe. Close to 50% youth unemployment in Spain and Italy, and God knows how much in Greece.

 

Chupacabra-322's picture

Filthy Cunt doesn't realize that yes, it is a "Declaration of War." Against NWO Globalist Scum Fucks like herself & the Vermon Ilk of her kind.

Gear up Ladies & Gentlemen. The War against these Deep State Globalist Scum Fucks, their Minions, Presstitute's & Establishment Puppet's has just begun.

consider me gone's picture

That might be the most relevant post or opinion that I've read or heard in some time. Battle lines appear to be becoming more and more defined with each passing day.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Got that right: Fuck you Merkel!! Bring it. We'll turn your country into rubble again and let the Russians have at your women again.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

America first!! America first!!

thecondor's picture

I agree with your sediment, but your statement is a contradiction.