German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Europe can no longer count on the United States under President Trump to protect its allies, saying Europe must instead “take destiny into its own hands.”
“It is no longer such that the United States simply protects us, but Europe must take its destiny in its own hands. That’s the task of the future,” she said during a speech honoring French President Emmanuel Macron, according to Agence France-Presse.
Her criticism comes just days after Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal.
Macron said European countries should not allow “other major powers, including allies” to “put themselves in a situation to decide our diplomacy [and] security for us.”
The Hill added:
Merkel, Macron and other European leaders visited the White House over the past few weeks to try to persuade Trump to remain in the agreement, to no avail.
Merkel and Macron released a joint statement with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday saying they will remain in the agreement aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
“This resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme. We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility,” the European leaders said in a statement.