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Merkel says after Trump visit: Europe must stay united because it cannot 'fully count on others'

Merkel says after Trump visit: Europe must stay united because it cannot 'fully count on others'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled Sunday she was giving up hope that Europe can rely on the United States while Donald Trump is president.

Merkel spent the last six months trying to connect with Trump to maintain U.S. support on a variety of issues.

But she struck of tone of exasperation Sunday following a week in which Trump refused to commit the United States to the 2015 Paris accord on climate change and failed to explicitly endorse the NATO military alliance core principle, known as Article 5, which says an attack against one member is an attack against all members.

“The era in which we could rely completely on others are gone, at least partially,” Merkel said...

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