Sunday, March 19, 2017
The West needs a better Trump-Merkel relationship than this
On Friday, the free world’s two most important leaders met at the White House. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany needed reassurance. President Trump needed a public-relations win.
Neither got what they hoped for.
We’ll see what leaks emerge, and we’ll surely hear plenty of spin, but winter hung on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., with frosty body language and icy words.
That’s bad news. There are four leaders who really matter today, and two are our enemies, Vladimir Putin of Russia and China’s Xi Jinping. We in the West need solidarity between the other two, Angela Merkel, the de facto leader of Europe, and Donald Trump, on whom the weight of global leadership still sits uneasily.