Not sure, but I think Mr. Trump needs a crash course in the way the world’s made up these days…or something? It seems he doesn’t know he can’t negotiate certain things with Germany directly, that he has to negotiate with the EU, which Germany is part of.
From THIS ARTICLE….. “Trump told Merkel and the press that Germany had gotten the better end of the stick in trade deals with the US in the past and that he was looking to rectify that situation.
“The negotiators for Germany have done a far better job than the negotiators for the United States,” he said. “But hopefully we can even it out.”
We know what “even it out” means, and it is an absurd notion. It means negotiating a bilateral trade deal with Germany and somehow ignoring the rest of the rest of the European Union.
Of course, that can’t happen. The US has to negotiate with the EU as a whole.
Merkel made sure to remind Trump of that fact — literally saying, “The European Union is negotiating those agreements for all of the member states” — after having told reporters she was “deeply convinced” that the EU is integral to the success of Germany’s economy.”
I’m wondering who could show him what’s up…FAST, particularly before meetings with leaders of other nations? I’d have thought his Secretaries would be up on this stuff and would clue him in.
This is a LOT TO LEARN…how can that be easily facilitated? Is he just too busy doing too much, or getting too involved in details on too many subjects to have the time necessary to get some background on these things? I think most people know that the EU is who we bargain with on subjects concerning …well…EU members.
I think with the right input from true experts, he’s a guy who’d understand this stuff and stop making gaffes FAST. What do you think?