People in Europe really don’t like Donald Trump. While he may claim otherwise, his approval ratings there are abysmal and if you don’t believe the polls after the 2016 elections we can’t blame you, but that being said, we let the facts speak for themselves. When Obama showed up in Germany on the same day as Trump was going to be in Brussels the reaction they got couldn’t have been more different. With more Politico reports:
When they realized former President Barack Obama was going to be in Berlin the same day President Donald Trump was going to be in Brussels, Angela Merkel was the one who called the White House to break the news.
The German chancellor invited Obama to the event in front of the Brandenburg Gate last year, before the election. Officially part of a multi-day gathering sponsored by the Protestant church in Germany, focused on youth and highlighting an exchange program between Berlin and Chicago, it was really about letting Obama boost his friend ahead of her fall re-election campaign and begin the international phase of his own post-presidency.
“In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall,” Obama said Thursday, in the closest he came to directly taking on his successor.
Obama is aware how much people are searching for Trump attacks in every word he says. He’s just as opposed to Trump’s presidency as he was on the morning of Election Day. How he’s doing this is deliberate.
Obama talked health care and immigration policy. He defended his cautious use of drones in response to a question from a German college student. He urged against militarism and the kind of bigger military budget that Trump has touted — “the national security budget shouldn’t just be seen as military hardware, it should be seen as development, it should be seen as diplomacy,” he said.
While Trump was meeting with European leaders, Obama was cautioning against absolutism and self-assurance.
“If I become so convinced that, ‘I’m always right,’” Obama said, “the logical conclusion of that often ends up being great cruelty and great violence.”
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