Wall Street Journal: Obama, With Merkel in Berlin, Warns Trump Against Cutting Harmful Deals With Putin
The long-planned talks between the U.S. and German leaders have turned into high-stakes sessions on how to maintain the longtime trans-Atlantic alliance
BERLIN—President Barack Obama warned President-elect Donald Trump to stand up to Russia when necessary as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to address the inequities of globalization that propelled the populist tycoon to the White House.
“What unites us is the common conviction that globalization needs to be defined humanely and politically but also that there is not turning back from it,” Ms. Merkel said after the two leaders met for several hours on Thursday.
The chancellor said she would “do everything to establish a good relationship” with Mr. Trump, stressing the importance of the trans-Atlantic relationship as the pillar of Germany’s foreign policy. She said she hoped Germany and the U.S. would continue to share common positions on international issues from climate change to trade deals and the fight against terrorism.
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WNU Editor: In all my years of following U.S. Presidential politics .... this is the first time that I have seen a sitting President criticise a President-elect on a stage in foreign country on a major foreign policy issue. And on top of that .... on the same stage going out of his way to tell anti-Trump protesters to continue their demonstrations against the President-elect .... Obama on anti-Trump protesters: 'I wouldn't advise them to be silent' (Washington Examiner). This is what I mean when I say that from now to Inauguration Day tensions and anger are NOT going to be in short supply against the President-elect ... and my gut is telling me thet President-elect Donald Trump knows that.
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