Every single Sunday morning cable news program ignored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s condemnation of Trump.
Following President Trump’s first foreign trip, in which he spent nine days in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, and Italy, he declared the trip a success while Chancellor Merkel gave the European perspective of what happened.
Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
“We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands,” Merkel said, after stressing maintaining friendly relations with the United States and Russia. “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”
However, despite the bombshell declaration from Merkel, her comments got zero coverage on the major cable networks’ Sunday news shows. As Media Matters reported, neither ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, or CNN mentioned Merkel’s speech despite it airing prior to their respective broadcasts.
Chancellor Merkel’s came on the heels of the G7 summit, in which Trump embarrassed himself in multiple public stunts, like refusing to walk with other G7 leaders, opting instead to ride in a golf cart behind the crowd. Previously, at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, Trump shoved Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic aside to be at the front of a photo op.
However, perhaps the most disappointing moments for European leaders on the trip were when Trump refused to commit to Article Five of the NATO treaty (collective defense) and when he waffled on committing to remaining in the Paris climate agreement. In fact, according to Axios, Trump is reportedly planning to pull out of the agreement next week.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.