Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen just launched a scathing attack against President Donald Trump.
She claims not only does he not have a basic plan in regards to foreign policy, but he wasn’t man enough to even want to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand.
“There is no recognizable strategy in the president’s approach to Russia,” said von der Leyen in an interview.
Von der Leyen thinks Trump doesn’t respect women on the world stage because of his perceptions of women in general.
“A woman like Angela Merkel, a globally admired head of government with many years of experience has probably not featured in his world view before,” said von der Leyen.
“At the beginning, he didn’t even want to shake her hand. Now he is much more respectful.”
Those are just a few of the disparaging remarks she made against Trump. The full interview with Der Spiegel has yet to be released yet, but it sure sounds like it’s going to be a good one.
Von der Leyen, being in charge of her country’s defense, mostly talked about Trump’s soft approach to Russia and says that her main concern is what the two talked about behind closed doors. “The problem with Helsinki is that nobody knows what was discussed or even agreed,” she says.
In the past, Trump was quoted as telling Chancellor Merkel that he didn’t think the United States got anything in return for spending more for NATO than Germany, claiming the country benefited more than it should.
“I don’t know how much protection we get by protecting you,” Trump said.
Von der Leyen responded to this attack and said that not only were they increasing their military spending, but Germany stood by the U.S. during 9/11, so the comment was unwarranted. She said not only that but U.S. and German forces are still fighting together in Afghanistan, standing side by side.