According to Reuters, as Angela Merkel campaigns for reelection, she and her party have dropped the term “friend” when describing Germany’s relationship with the United States.
During the last election cycle, Merkel and her party described the US as Germany’s “most important friend” outside of Europe. They also referred to their previous relationship with Washington as a “cornerstone” of Germany’s relationships throughout the world.
However, they are still referring to the US as a “partner.” Officials within the party were not available to answer questions about the change in wording.
This likely has a lot to do with anti-Merkel rhetoric that Trump used during his election campaign. Trump claimed Merkel was ruining Germany with some of her policies.
A recent Pew survey indicated that only 35% of Germans view the U.S. favorably. Under Barack Obama that figure stood at 57%.
All this should be interesting when Trump visits Hamburg later this week for the G20 summit.