"Pure Opelka" might be the only place where German Chancellor Angela Merkel's actual words could be heard today without media spin. She met with President Donald Trump last week at the NATO and G-7 summits.
Following the meeting she made a campaign speech at a beer garden, as she is running for reelection. The media is generally reporting that Merkel said Germans can't trust America any longer because of Donald Trump.
Mike Opelka highlighted the words the chancellor said. The translation to English states, "The times when we could completely count on others, they are over to a certain extent. I've experienced this in the last few days. And that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands."
He interpreted this as Merkel accepting more responsibility for her nation's role in NATO, much like a young person taking more responsibility for their own lives and finances.
Seemingly echoing this sentiment, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference today, “That's great. That's what the President called for. He called for additional burden-sharing."