Biden wanted his first call to a foreign leader to be to Angela Merkel, but she blew him off and he called Boris Johnson instead
- President Biden wanted his first appeal to a foreign leader to go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but she turned him down to be away for the weekend
- Biden’s second option was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who accepted his first overseas call
- The chancellor’s advisers reportedly warned her that the US president would have to call out several other leaders for her, but she said she found the symbolism irrelevant.
- Merkel, a member of the Conservative party, will step down from her chancellorship in the coming months after 16 years in charge.
In a show of traditional transatlantic diplomacy, President Biden wanted his first appeal to a foreign leader to go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but she turned him down to spend more time in her mansion.
Biden’s second option was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who took his first foreign phone call.
Merkel turned down Biden’s call to spend more time at her country house outside Berlin, where she spends several weekends tending her vegetable garden and taking walks by the lake, her loved ones told the newspaper. Wall Street Journal.
The chancellor’s advisers reportedly warned her that the US president would have to call several other leaders for her, but she said she found the symbolism irrelevant and had them reschedule the call to Monday.
Merkel, a member of the conservative party, will step down from her chancellorship in the coming months after serving 16 years in power. There are elections on Sunday.
Merkel turned down Biden’s call to spend more time at her mansion outside Berlin, where she spends several weekends tending her vegetable garden and walking along the lake, those close to her told the Wall Street Journal.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and US President Joe Biden take the stage for a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on July 15.
Biden’s second option was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who accepted his first overseas call
During that time, she has seen to it that the country pursues interests other than its once airtight alliance with the US, while Germany has strengthened economic ties with China and pursued a sweeping energy deal with Russia in a sign of waning support for the decades-old ancient Trans-Atlantic partnership.
Biden plans to restore that alliance after President Trump repeatedly called Germany for failing to pay its fair share of NATO for Europe’s defense. The former president made a plan in June 2020 to withdraw 12,000 of the more than 34,000 troops from Germany, calling the country “delinquent.”
‘Germany is not paying for it. We don’t want to be the suckers anymore,” Trump told reporters at the time. “So we’re reducing the force because they don’t pay their bills. It’s very simple, they are delinquent.’
Biden stopped that plan in February.
Trump also imposed punitive tariffs on the European Union for alleged threats to national security.
Biden also extended an olive branch to Germany to clear the way for a Russian pipeline, even though he blocked the pipelines here at home.
The Biden administration last May waived sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will transport gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Sources said Biden’s move indicated he was unwilling to jeopardize his relationship with Germany, although the State Department will acknowledge that the corporate entity responsible for the project, Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO, said the friend of Putin and former East German intelligence officer Matthias Warnig, engaged in criminal activity.
Biden has struggled in recent days to restore European alliances, sparking frustration after the US’s frenzied withdrawal from Afghanistan and outrage from France after the AUKUS deal, where Paris says it was not consulted before the US invaded to Australia to sell the submarines they had since bought from France.