Donald Trump has just returned from his week-long trip abroad, and wow it went about as well as anyone expected. The President caused countless gaffes while on foreign soil, becoming increasingly tired and frustrated over the course of his trip. Though he did harness the power of a magical orb, he also made an embarrassing Islamophobic gaffe, nearly ripped Emmanuel Macron's arm out of its socket, and was the lone representative of the G-7 nations (Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada, Japan, and The U.S.) who would not support the Paris Climate Change Agreement. These are but a small sampling of the many incidents Donald Trump caused while overseas - they range in scale from the incidental and embarrassing (first lady Melania's repeated refusal to hold his hand during the trip), to the symbolic and truly frightening (threatening to halt import of German cars). Other countries are taking notice, and are truly stunned by what they see.
Shortly after Trump's visit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech where she said the following:
The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over. I experienced that in the last a few days, and therefore I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States and in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever it is possible, also with Russia and also with all the other countries. But we need to know that we have to fight for our own future and destiny as Europeans.
If you think that sounds like a line of dialogue that might appear in a dystopian story like "The Man In High Castle" or "1984," you're not alone. Multiple European heads of state, shortly after meeting with Donald Trump in person, have commented similarly: we're on our own for the next 4 years.
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