Merkel’s political exit is a kind of vindication for Trump


#TIA – This is a more even-handed report of the Trump – Merkel relationship than we’re accustomed to reading elsewhere. 

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at the White House in April, President Trump was eager to sell her on a long-shot idea: She should push aside the European Union so the two could strike a trade deal of their own.

Trump laid on the charm when making his pitch, a tactic not usually associated with his chilly public relationship with the long-serving German leader.

“You’re the president of Europe!” Trump teased Merkel, according to people familiar with the meeting. “C’mon, Angela, you know it’s true.”

Read more at The Washington Post