Trump: Angela Merkel shames Theresa May with message for next US president

Spot the difference between the two leaders' responses

 

Compare and contrast the following statements from the leaders of two Western democracies upon the election of Donald Trump as US president.

The first is from the British Prime Minister, Theresa May:

“I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign.

Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and we will remain, close partners on trade, security and defence.

I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on those ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”

All very pleasant. Now read the statement released by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel:

“There’s no country we Germans have as close a relationship with as the United States of America. Whoever rules this vast country, with its enormous economic strength, its military potential, its cultural influence, carries a responsibility which is felt all over the world.

Americans have decided that the person to carry this responsibility for the next four years is Donald Trump.

Germany and America are connected by common values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for human dignity irrespective of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political conviction.

On the basis of these values, I offer the future president of America, Donald Trump, a close working relationship.

Partnership with the USA remains a basic pillar of German foreign policy in order for us to meet the great challenges of our time: striving for economic and social wellbeing and a forward-looking climate policy, the fight against terrorism, hunger and disease, engagement for peace and freedom, in Germany, Europe and all over the world.”

Spot the difference.

Yet another reminder we should drop the jokes about Germany and authoritarianism. Living in the past is the problem to begin with, and we’re increasingly on shaky ground to be pointing fingers.

Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13 

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20 Responses to “Trump: Angela Merkel shames Theresa May with message for next US president”

  1. Mick

    Common values, huh? The ‘common values’ Germany only has because the Americans were leaders in the alliance which, for freedom, CRUSHED Germany’s long-cherished imperialist dreams ONCE AND FOR ALL.

    Common values, I suppose, which led to the Brexiteers losing the refe…., actually, we won it. Won it for TRUE values of democracy and freedom which Merkel wants the EU to steal from sovereign nations!

    The lady is a once-admired disgrace, May is a coming great stateswoman, while the Obama – the woman Merkel prefers in a president – came to the UK to TELL us not to leave the EU!

    DIsgusting, disgraceful, interfering and graceless. Left Foot Forward are inspired.

  2. Mick

    And anyway, Trump has no problem with different people – he marries them. The Germans, however, do, as Germany and Europe has been ravaged by an unchecked invader crimewave.

    We’d have it here, too, if bitching leftists had their way and the borders were fully opened.

    WHOSE common values?

  3. Eric

    I am surprised you think Merkel’s note is better than May’s. Merkel says “On the basis of these values, I offer … a close working relationship.” This is not a congratulations at all. It is a plea for The Donald to not honour what he campaigned on and the reason he was elected. Not going to happen!

    May on the other hand, hits the nail on the head – “… building on those ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead”. Note that our two nations want to be secure and prosper. Who cares about the rest of the world. And that is exactly what The Donald means by “Making America Great”. America was to be rich and powerful. May wants the UK to be the same. She is offering a partner for both to achieve this.

  4. Lynne

    Mick – Americans were not leaders in WWl or WWll unless you count them playing ‘catch up’ with UK those men and women who escaped Nazi Germany to fight to free their homelands. So please do not rewrite history. The Americans did join with us, eventually, but by definition to lead you have to be there from the beginning to show the way not halfway through.

  5. Guy

    In reply to ‘MICK’ :

    No one is condoning the acts of either side in WWII and I think it’s time we moved on as the article suggests. Go far back enough in the history of any first world nation and you find imperialist dreams. Look at Britain’s own record on that front.

    You speak of ‘True values of democracy and freedom.’ I don’t believe that the EU is perfect but it is arguably a more democratic institution than our own parliament under FPTP, it is absurd that parties can pick up a significant percentage of the populus vote without that being reflected by seats won in parliament. If anything I want more representation not less. Whether you like it or not – the decisions made by the EU, regardless of whether we are members or not, WILL effect us and I’d rather have some say than none.

    Your assertion that ‘Trump has not problem with different people’ is too flawed almost for words. Firstly what on earth do you mean by ‘different’ people?! – since you seem to be so keen to draw parallels between now and the WWII, here’s another one; that kind of ‘them and us’ rhetoric was a major driving force behind Hitlers campaign which sparked the Holocaust, it is not the rhetoric of a tolerant, global society. Secondly, your argument that he has ‘no problem with ‘different people’ because he marries them’ is like saying he has the utmost respect for women because he marries them- something we have seen to be categorically untrue.

    To use your own words, I find you ‘disgusting, disgraceful, interfering and graceless.’ Open your eyes and see that the world is changing and that we must change with it; we must treat people with the respect that they deserve regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion etc. we must acknowledge that climate change exists and commit to trying our hardest to stop its progress and we must strive to ensure, not only that we work globally to forge friendship and cooperation between nations, but also that we heal the divides in our own countries.

    This is bigger than Trump beating Clinton or Brexit beating Bremain, people’s rights are at stake and we can’t continue to treat politics like one big game to be won or lost.

  6. Mick

    Oooooooooo! Rewriting history would be to deny the USA not issuing lend-lease to help us, deny Roosevelt’s concern for his own war-reluctant citizens, before denying the USA finally joined the war only when it was their cue and due to join it. They were still the Arsenal Of Democracy. And after 1943, they were big enough to lead the strength of the Western war.

    I thought you lefties liked war-reluctant citizens! I thought lefties enjoyed America keeping a noble distance! The blatant anti-Americanism stinks today, regardless how many lefties dress it up. (They couldn’t get enough America when it voted Obama!)

  7. John

    America didn’t join the war until attacked; fair enough.
    America supported the Allies with trade and funds, I believe we in the UK recently paid off our war debts to the USA, well and good.

    Then things took a turn for the worse. The ‘bastion of democracy’ supported authoritarian uprises across the world so long as they paid lip-service to democracy and were against the USSR. Indeed, Al Qaeda was a CIA trained and funded project. Once the USSR imploded America, I suspect gratefully, abandoned such underhanded tactics for the most part.

    Moving forward America has a choice, as do all countries essentially. Do you worry only about your own problems, or do you also act for the welfare of others? Traditionally ‘the left’ (as they are often identified) has favoured the latter, and ‘the right’ (as they are often identified), the former. Both have much to recommend them. However, too often, America and others criticise other countries of faults they are themselves guilty of. In this fashion, it is better to fix your own house before helping another build theirs.

    Addressing a few points directly: Mick: the first country the Nazi’s invaded was Germany. Do not think all Germans supported them, and do not think such things cannot happen again. Today’s Germany DOES have much in common with America, and though should be celebrated, not denigrated. Trump is fighting to prevent the problems we in the EU have with refugees, so in that sense, he has the same problem we do, just not in the same proportion.

    Finally, it is unwise to speak so specifically of ‘left’ and ‘right’. There are many on ‘the right’ who are war-reluctant (which is why Blair had a hard time getting us into Iraq) and plenty on ‘the left’ who are adamant about the benefits of US dominance, since their ideology has shaped most of the western world it provides a solid foundation for future endeavours.

  8. Mick

    “No one is condoning the acts of either side in WWII and I think it’s time we moved on as the article suggests……”

    Whoa! An absolutely HUGE admission of moral equivalence. That’s the kind of thing leftists criticise David Irving for. It’s all playing up one side to play the other down.

    Anyway, one by one, first past the post is a bastion of democracy. If you win, you rule. Losers are less the tail to wag the dog, as you get in the politically stagnant EU. Stagnation often only overturned by the kind of extremists – real or imagined – the left then fight against. Yeah, I’d rather have our more tranquil system. Your people just lose in it more, that’s all.

    Second, we had no influence IN the EU! Cameron was embarrassed and humiliated when his desperate pleas for concession were rejected by our arrogant masters. So we rejected THEM. Get over it. Come on, Snowflake!

    And yes, the world has changed. Brexit is coming, Trump has come and long-held policies like open-door immigration, blind eyes turned to illegal migration, infinite welfare and tolerance for religious whackjobs have reached expiry dates.

    If your way is so beautiful, why are ADHD lefties rioting across America?

    “To use your own words, I find you ‘disgusting, disgraceful, interfering and graceless.’ ”

    Oooo! Get over yourselves.

  9. Mick

    “In this fashion, it is better to fix your own house before helping another build theirs.”

    That’s just what happened last night. Sarah Palin used the term ‘sweep our porch’. Get America secure before telling other nations how to keep theirs.

    “Mick: the first country the Nazi’s invaded was Germany. ”
    What a bizarre statement. The Nazis began in Bavaria. They grew and became the biggest party in the Reichstag. Not all Germans wanted them but certainly by 1940, ‘Germany’ as an entity was as won over as it ever could be. Only final defeat pierced most dreams of old. The nation did not revolt as Italy did, until it was comprehensively crushed. Now that takes faith as much as a secret police.

    Germany has changed since then but it is hardly Merkel’s place to dress herself AS a new, pure German spirit.

    I’m not bashing Germany, nor do I subscribe to beliefs that Trump only wants stronger border controls and crackdowns on Islamic extremism because he is a ‘Nazi’.

  10. Michael WALKER

    >Guy
    we must treat people with the respect that they deserve regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion etc”

    And that is the basic problem. You are effectively saying we should accept what other believe in regardless of how barbaric and disgusting it is.
    I do NOT accept any religion which says that treating non members badly – or killing them is acceptable.
    I do NOT accept people who believe is sex with children.
    I do not accpt people who believe their race is superior and this justifies any action they take aginst others.

    You clealry do.

    No wonder Political Correctness is resulting in the rise of the Right.

    You HAVE to have minimum standards of conduct which automatically mean certain people are unacceptable. period. NO debate.

    Attitudes like your lead to child abuse at Rotherham being ignored. And innocent people hounded by allegations of abuse being followed by the police when they were clearly rubbish and the invention of a proven liar.

    You are wrong. There are certain world wide acceptable standards of behaviour irrespective of race religion etc. Failure to accept that is why the population of the US and the UK are basically saying “enough is enough”.

    Your beliefs are dangerous. Try going to Saudi and preaching Christianity. You would last 5 minutes.

  11. Ivan D

    This is pathetic even by the standards of the sad remnants of what used to be considered the progressive left. Ramming meaningless ideological PC babble down people’s throats at every opportunity is the kind of behaviour that pissed people off enough to vote Trump. Merkel’s speech is awful and I write as someone who generally has a lot of time for her.

  12. Mick

    Indeed. The best even left wing comment sections can say is that a ‘them and us attitude leads to gas chambers’.

    Godwin’s Law. You’re out, busters!

  13. Peter

    All of you are just morons. You’re all talking about your bubble and you’re stuck in your own huge racist, unaccepting, uneducated bubble. The problem with you guys is that you do it out of comfort. It’s easier after all to rant about how this religion is bad and gay couples are disgusting than minding your own business and educating yourself before you’re making a decision. What does it matter to you if a muslim prays every morning? What does it matter to you if a woman kisses a woman? What does it matter to you if a woman gets equal pay?
    The funny thing is, your kind is SO lazy that I already know how you would answer those questions and once those arguments run out you turn to pure rudeness, again, because it’s easier and you don’t need to do that much.
    I a 100% support the carefully formulated words of Merkel. Contrary to your believes, politics requires a certain set of skills and is not just blatant rudeness. The UK got their bill to their vote with their currency crashing and will happen to the USA will have to be seen. I am happy that in central Europe and in the nordic countries there is at least some sense of humanity left. Pray to God, Allah, Buddha that one day your younger generation will lead your country back to openminded, inclusive countries.

  14. Michael WALKER

    >Peter
    All of you are just morons. You’re all talking about your bubble and you’re stuck in your own huge racist, unaccepting, uneducated bubble”

    Oh dear, you just proven our case.

    What does it matter to you if a muslim prays every morning? What does it matter to you if a woman kisses a woman? What does it matter to you if a woman gets equal pay?”

    None of use have decried people being gay or people practising religion.
    You are just putting words into our mouths. Typical left wing lying claptrap.

    You rant just persuades me – and many others – you cannot argue but call everyone who disagrees with you “racist”.

    Sorry that will not work. No-one listens ..

    And calling us “morons” is hardly going to change our minds. (I suspect some writers here have rather high IQs and educational achievements)

    You really ought to have some anger management courses. And “How to make friends and influence people” is old but appears eminently suited to you.

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  16. Mick

    OH YES, LEFT! Let it all out! Let the hate and lather foam!

    Oh left, left! Forces are afoot, real grassroots one, which you are not bridling any more! The Americans voted Obama twice. You clots had your turn. Just as you had it with the EU and FAILED!

    Michael Walker handed your backsides to you! THAT is why you are not in charge! You pretend to care, then fly off the handle the MOMENT someone dissents!

    VOTE LABOUR!

  17. David Davies

    Wrecksit has not even started yet, and look what has happened to sterling and oil prices. The 3 Stooges have not a clue how to go about pressing the Article 50 button, even though St. Theresa seems perfectly happy to press the one that could vapourise millions.

    Whatever happens, the rich don’t care – and the poor don’t matter.

  18. Peter

    @Michael WALKER

    “You are just putting words into our mouths. Typical left wing lying claptrap. … You rant just persuades me – and many others – you cannot argue but call everyone who disagrees with you “racist”.”:
    I can say the exact same. No real argument here. On that note: Who said I am left? I am just open enough to see that life is about acceptance. If you read your posts the only thing you preach is “If it doesn’t suit you, don’t accept it and have your own opinion no matter how detrimental to certain social groups”.

    I am not putting words in your mouth. I quote:
    “I do NOT accept any religion which says that treating non members badly – or killing them is acceptable.”
    “Your beliefs are dangerous. Try going to Saudi and preaching Christianity. You would last 5 minutes.”
    It does not even matter if this is targeted at the Islam or not. You think, because there are issues in Saudi Arabia it gives you the right to judge an entire religion which certainly is not only practised there. Just what I said, stereotyping. How does it affect you if they do not accept christianity in Saudi Arabia? If you’re trying to use the “argument” now that if they don’t accept it you don’t have to do it either you’re pretty much using tit for tat – and that is very much a kindergarden thing.

    Finally, I’d recommend some academic papers on the correlation of stereotyping and education. 😉 Then I don’t have to tell you that it’s simply uneducated and it’s not only a “lefty” argument.

    @Mick

    First of all, I am not from the UK – I have two passports from other countries – so technically at least partly “my clots” are still in charge. I can also tell you that this will stay like that and it’s going just fine ;). Plus, even the UK won’t get around accepting rules set by the EU. Economy wise you have no leverage so in the end you won’t get that full separation from the EU anyway. For my countries, I do not think that the effect of the UK leaving is as detrimental to them. Our currencies are still stable and the main part of the economy is here. 😉

  19. Michael WALKER

    >Peter

    So you condemn me as racist for opposing religious teaching which despises those not members of that religion.
    Therefore by definition you support such teaching. And the hatred and mistreatment of others due to their beliefs

    And you then have the effrontery to condemn me.

    Words fail me.

    And finally “Finally, I’d recommend some academic papers on the correlation of stereotyping and education. Then I don’t have to tell you that it’s simply uneducated and it’s not only a “lefty” argument.”

    Well tough but I am 1. not stereotyping
    and
    2 Not uneducated.

    Nor do I go around calling others “morons”.

    You support maltreatment of others, call other “morons” and claim superiority.. What blind arrogance.

  20. Mick

    “Wrecksit has not even started yet, and look what has happened to sterling and oil prices. ”

    Sterling has held fast and oil prices are rigged by OPEC. Project Fear has failed, will fail and ever shall.

    Have you people not LEARNED? As even RUSSELL BRAND says, a man who accepts fate better than others, you can’t scare people who know the EU has done little for them anyway!

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