In direct contrast to the President-elect’s, as well as most of America’s, stated position President Obama chose to both insult and snub its closest ally for generations.
Special Relationship be Damned… Barack Obama’s dislike of the United Kingdom continues as he rejects the will of the British people over BREXIT and the Special Relationship that has weathered international storms for generations. The United Kingdom which has always been relied upon in times of need, now shunned. BARACK Obama hands down one final insult to Britain as he prepares to leave the White House and be replaced by self-avowed anglophile Donald Trump.
From Express Newspapers,
The outgoing US President paid tribute to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for being his “closest international partner” and launched a thinly veiled attack on Brexit in a major snub to the cherished special relationship.
Speaking to the Washington press corps for the first time since the US election Mr Obama, who has often been portrayed as hostile to the UK, stressed how he will assure world leaders of America’s position on global economic and security issues.
In an extraordinary snub to other world leaders, the President praised Ms Merkel and in a swipe at Britain’s historic Brexit vote, said he supported a “united Europe”.
President Obama loftily insisted “We are indisputably in a stronger position today than we were when I came in eight years ago”.
Before he undertakes visits to Greece and Germany next week, he said: “Our work has helped us stabilise the global economy.
“In Germany I will visit with Chancellor Merkel who has probably been my closest international partner these eight years and will signal solidarity with our closest allies and express our support for a strong, integrated and united Europe.
“It’s essential to our national security and global stability.”
Despite the US and Germany enjoying a close relationship under the Obama administration, Donald Trump’s election victory heralds a hard break in relations.
In a provocative message after the US election Ms Merkel set conditions for cooperation with Mr Trump.
She said: “Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views.
”I offer the next President of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values.”
Ms Merkel urged Germans to stand up for an “open-minded” country, warning that the US election victory of Mr Trump could inflame Germany’s refugee debate.
The President-elect has denounced as “insane” the German Chancellor’s decision to allow more than a million migrants into Germany and claimed it had increased crime.
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