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German Leader Merkel at Odds With US and UK

After expressing her dissatisfaction with events and meetings that occurred at the recent G-7 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made it clear she no longer believes her country can rely on long time allies. Without naming names, it would appear she was referring to fragmented relationships with the post Brexit UK and the United States. It should be noted that the seven member countries, which included the US, UK, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and Italy, left Merkel feeling as though she was standing alone in her positions related to world issues.

After developing strong relationships with former US President Barack Obama and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, the German leader has had difficulty dealing with current leaders such as US President Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the issues would seem to go much deeper than a differing ideology.

In recent months and weeks, Trump has been very critical of Merkel’s stance on immigration. He has also called out German automakers on a variety of issues. As the criticism has mounted, Merkel stated, “The times in which [Germany] could fully rely on others are partly over. I have experienced this in the last few days. We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands.”

In what would appear to be a further shift in German diplomacy, Merkel has made an effort to show support for new French President-elect Emmanuel Macron. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since both leaders show an affinity for liberal causes such as global warming and open immigration policies.

Fortunately, the rest of EU remains optimistic about ongoing relationships with the UK and the US. According to EU Council President Donald Tusk:

“What I am absolutely sure after this meeting is that despite some extraordinary … expressions, behaviors, etc, etc, our partners in the G7 are much more responsible than the first impression after the election in the United States.”

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Trump and Cruz Pull Wives Into the Fray

With all the issues seemingly exposed and debated to ad nauseum, GOP leading candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have discovered something else to fight about, their wives. That’s right, the two men vying for the nomination to represent the Republican Party in the November elections have resorted to the lowest form of politics. They have pulled family into the process.

It all began when an anti-Trump Super Pac, “Make America Awesome,” released an ad than showed a scantily clad picture of Trump’s wife Melanie with a caption that read “your next First Lady.” When Trump took acceptation to the ad, he immediately blamed Cruz and his people for the indiscretion.

On Twitter, a battle ensued with Trump firing the first shot. “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”

When Cruz responded with a “#classless” post of his own, Trump followed up by posting a side-by-side picture of his wife and Cruz’s wife Heidi along with the caption “No need to ‘spill the beans,’ the images are worth a thousand words.” For the record, the pictures chosen were less than flattering for Mrs. Cruz.

Needless to say, this latest spat has become fodder for the political process. According to a post from California Senator Barbara Boxer (D), “The beans are spilled: No woman should vote for Donald Trump.”

During a TV interview on “Today,” even South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham piped in on this strange interaction when he said, “Hey guys, knock it off. The world is falling apart. Man up. You’ve got great wives and great families…talk about things people really care about and knock this crap off.”

With so much unrest going on in the country, the political process seems to be falling apart. On one side of the isle, a self-proclaimed socialist is battling a woman under investigation by the FBI. On the other side, families have become fair game. To think the general election is still seven months away is indeed scary.