Angela Merkel is worried.
She's worried about Donald Trump, who isn't like his predecessor.
Merkel loved Barack Obama. And as Obama would always say, "Hey, I love you back!" Sometimes, they'd take a long walk in a field of flowers.
But Merkel doesn't love President Trump. Whereas Obama was always ready to abdicate the role of leader of the free world and put global interests before America's, Trump simply is not.
And that has Angela worried.
Running for re-election and out on the road to gather up votes, Merkel -- speaking at a campaign event held in a Bavarian beer tent -- said “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”
"The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days," she said ominously.
Noting that Britain has bailed on the European Union experiment, she said that while Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and the UK, "we have to fight for our own destiny."
Huh. Weird. That sounds like Merkel wants to put Europe -- and Germany -- first. Maybe she'll go with a new campaign slogan: MGGA -- Make Germany Great Again.
Unlike Obama, Trump wasn't a pushover on his first trip abroad. He chastised NATO nations for not putting in their fair share of cash to run the organization, appears ready to bail on the costly Paris Agreement on global warming, and even criticized Germany in Brussels, saying its trade practices are "bad, very bad." Before that, he pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, moved forward with the Keystone pipeline, and made clear that he'll put American interests first when dealing with foreign powers.
The U.S. liberal media is ecstatic that -- in their eyes -- America is being taken down a peg by Trump.
"How a single sentence from Angela Merkel showed what Trump means to the world," wrote CNN's Chris Cillizza. "On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered a single sentence that speaks to how fundamentally President Donald Trump has reshaped -- and will continue to reshape -- the world, and America's place in it," he wrote.
Said a Washington Post "analysis": "Thanks to Trump, Germany says it can’t rely on the United States." "Merkel’s comment about what she has experienced in the past few days is a clear reference to President Trump’s disastrous European tour. Her belief that the United States is no longer a reliable partner is a direct result of Trump’s words and actions," the paper said.
But Trump is forging his own path -- and forcing European leaders to do so as well.
Said Merkel in a bid for votes: "We Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands. We have to know that we must fight for our future, on our own, for our destiny as Europeans — and that's what I want to do together with you," she said.
Sounds like a line straight out of the Trump campaign book.