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Donald Trump's Trip was a Bad Idea for Europe-U.S. Relations
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30 May 2017 04:41 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Donald Trump and Melania Trump pose for a photo at the Sistine Chapel after meeting Pope Francis in Vatican City (Image Source: White House Instagram)

Donald Trump's overseas trip was not good for U.S.-Europe relations.

It's likely that his trip strained relations with European countries and there is no going back. Donald Trump already created a rift with NATO. On Sunday, May 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Europe has split from the U.S., reports Bloomberg.

"The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extend over – I experienced that in the last few days," Merkel said at the Bavarian beer hall rally. "We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands."

Merkel was not alone in her feelings. Emmanuel Macron, France's newly elected president, talked about the Russian's involvement in French politics during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Versailles. It's a contrast to Trump's approach to Russian relations. Macron did not back down during the meeting. He even commented on Trump's strange tug-of-war handshake that went viral on Twitter last week.

In an interview with the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, he said, "My handshake with him – it wasn't innocent. It's not the be-all and the end-all of a policy, but it was a moment of truth."

Trump, on the other hand, wants everyone to know that his overseas trip was a huge win for America.

He tweeted on Sunday: "Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!"

That same day, a senior White House official made a statement to reporters on Air Force One, as reported on Twitter: "I'll just implore you all, whether you're talking about our successes on trade and migration in the G-7 or summit in Saudi Arabia, to tell the story back home about what an unprecedentedly and historically successful trip this was by an incredible leader and an amazing man who has done extraordinary things in a very short time for the country he loves and the people of America that he serves so faithfully."

Seven years after the end of the Second World War, the governments of the U.S., the UK, France, and the newly established Federal Republic of German received a message from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union has offered to withdraw troops that previously occupied eastern German and to end its rule over the occupied zone. That means Germany will be reunited with a previous constitution that allowed the country the freedom to choose its own social system, reports The Atlantic.

Germany can rebuild its own military. All Germans who convicted war crimes can regain their political rights. The allied troops in western Germany will also be withdrawn. The reunited Germany will also be forbidden to join the new NATO alliance. Over the years, Germany has relied less and less on the U.S. and have forged its own path. With a president Trump, it's likely that we will be hearing less and less from Germany.

Whoever was to become president in 2016 would find themselves in a challenge renewing and rebuilding a relationship with Germany. Trump has caused further damaged when he met with the leaders of NATO during his European trip.

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Date: 31 May, 2017
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Comment: He tweeted the trip was a success but things are not as he mentioned
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