'Kindred spirits' Biden, Scholz work to heal US-German ties

26/6/2022 9:07:00 PM

'Kindred spirits' Biden, Scholz work to heal US-German ties

Joe Biden, Olaf Scholz

'Kindred spirits' Biden, Scholz work to heal US-German ties

SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany : Panned by critics for dragging his feet on Ukraine, called a 'sulky liver sausage' by the Ukrainian ambassador, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday (Jun 26) won public praise from a man he has long privately admired: US President Joe Biden . Reaching over to touch Scholz's arm as

The two men, who are from different political generations but both took office last year, have made common cause over Ukraine as they sought to heal ties that were sorely strained under Biden's predecessor Donald Trump.pushed back against criticism of Scholz's leadership

While privately expressing reservations about some other leaders, the 64-year-old Scholz speaks especially warmly of the U.S. president and sees the transatlantic relationship as a crucial pillar of German and European security.KEEPING PROMISESGermany was"one of the countries where we wanted to really restore and rebuild the trust and the solidarity in that relationship and I think we've really been able to achieve that," a senior US administration official said.

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'Kindred spirits' Biden, Scholz work to heal US-German ties

Biden pushes back against criticism of Scholz leadership, praises chancellorSCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany : US President Joe Biden thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the Ukraine crisis when they met at a Bavarian Alpine retreat on Sunday (Jun 26) ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) rich democracies that aims to send a message of unity. Critics, including only a fool will accept praises from a fool.

Biden pushes back against criticism of Scholz leadership, praises chancellorSCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany : US President Joe Biden thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the Ukraine crisis when they met at a Bavarian Alpine retreat on Sunday (Jun 26) ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) rich democracies that aims to send a message of unity. Critics, including Not Operating from Negative Precedent of decades past but from Principles & Friendship continuously in this Era to Create a Future full of Security, Liberty & Freedom for All.

'Kindred spirits' Biden, Scholz work to heal US-German ties

Biden pushes back against criticism of Scholz leadership, praises chancellorSCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany : US President Joe Biden thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the Ukraine crisis when they met at a Bavarian Alpine retreat on Sunday (Jun 26) ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) rich democracies that aims to send a message of unity. Critics, including Not Operating from Negative Precedent of decades past but from Principles & Friendship continuously in this Era to Create a Future full of Security, Liberty & Freedom for All.

Biden pushes back against criticism of Scholz leadership, praises chancellorSCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany : US President Joe Biden thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the Ukraine crisis when they met at a Bavarian Alpine retreat on Sunday (Jun 26) ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) rich democracies that aims to send a message of unity. Critics, including only a fool will accept praises from a fool.

LinkedIn SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany: Panned by critics for dragging his feet on Ukraine, called a"sulky liver sausage" by the Ukrainian ambassador, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday (Jun 26) won public praise from a man he has long privately admired: US President Joe Biden.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany: US President Joe Biden thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the Ukraine crisis when they met at a Bavarian Alpine retreat on Sunday (Jun 26) ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) rich democracies that aims to send a message of unity.LinkedIn SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany: US President Joe Biden thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the Ukraine crisis when they met at a Bavarian Alpine retreat on Sunday (Jun 26) ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) rich democracies that aims to send a message of unity.

Reaching over to touch Scholz's arm as they sat at the start of a G7 meeting in the Bavarian Alps, Biden said it was"in no small part because of you" that the West had stuck together against Russia four months after the invasion of Ukraine. The two men, who are from different political generations but both took office last year, have made common cause over Ukraine as they sought to heal ties that were sorely strained under Biden's predecessor Donald Trump. Reaching over to touch Scholz's arm as they sat at the start of a G-7 meeting in the Bavarian Alps, Biden said it was"in no small part because of you" that the West had stuck together against Russia four months after the invasion of Ukraine. Both leaders have vowed to strengthen Ukraine's armed forces, increase sanctions pressure on Moscow and counter surging food and energy prices that have undermined their popularity at home and tested their own domestic alliances. "I want to compliment you on stepping up as you did when you became Chancellor," Biden told a beaming Scholz. At Sunday's meeting, Biden pushed back against criticism of Scholz's leadership , praising the chancellor for marshalling Europe's response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Both leaders have vowed to strengthen Ukraine's armed forces, increase sanctions pressure on Moscow and counter surging food and energy prices that have undermined their popularity at home and tested their own domestic alliances. "They are kindred spirits and they're dealing with some of the same challenges," said Steven Sokol, president of the American Council on Germany. Biden has publicly lauded Germany for agreeing to boost its military spending with a special €100 billion fund and overcoming resistance born of its troubled Nazi past to provide weapons to Ukraine.

"I could easily imagine there's a bit of a bromance going on," he said. "They are kindred spirits and they're dealing with some of the same challenges," said Steven Sokol, president of the American Council on Germany. But Scholz has been under fire at home and in eastern Europe for alleged dithering over what kind of weapons Europe's richest country should send Kyiv in its fight against Russian forces in its east. While privately expressing reservations about some other leaders, the 64-year-old Scholz speaks especially warmly of the U.S. While privately expressing reservations about some other leaders, the 64-year-old Scholz speaks especially warmly of the US president and sees the transatlantic relationship as a crucial pillar of German and European security. president and sees the transatlantic relationship as a crucial pillar of German and European security. The US and German leaders discussed global food security in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and ways of addressing the challenge posed by China, the White House said in a statement. He"has always looked very much to the USA," according to one long-time friend and confidante. The Social Democrat Scholz also values what he sees as Biden's commitment to fighting for those left behind by globalisation and technological advances, a theme Scholz explored at length in his book"Land of Hope" in 2017. Scholz has said that the summit's key aim is to send the message that Western sanctions on Russia are not to blame for spiralling food prices that are causing growing hunger in the Global South.

The Social Democrat Scholz also values what he sees as Biden's commitment to fighting for those left behind by globalisation and technological advances, a theme Scholz explored at length in his book"Land of Hope" in 2017. KEEPING PROMISES For his part, Biden, 79, has lauded Germany for agreeing to boost its military spending by 100 million euros over the next decade, and overcoming resistance stemming from World War Two on providing weapons to Ukraine. Berlin's support for repeated rounds of sanctions against Russia, often against its own economic interests, has impressed US officials who had braced for a more halting embrace. "It's beautiful," Biden said, admiring the Bavarian mountains. Berlin's support for repeated rounds of sanctions against Russia, often against its own economic interests, has impressed US officials who had braced for a more halting embrace. Germany was"one of the countries where we wanted to really restore and rebuild the trust and the solidarity in that relationship and I think we've really been able to achieve that," a senior US administration official said. "The warm and friendly words between the two, the president's expression of trust in Scholz showed that we've been able to make progress on that goal, and achieve a lot of that close working relationship that we wanted. "The warm and friendly words between the two, the president's expression of trust in Scholz showed that we've been able to make progress on that goal, and achieve a lot of that close working relationship that we wanted.

" Biden's administration has also welcomed Scholz's rapid and unprompted decision to halt the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 pipeline, said one source familiar with the matter. "Scholz had promised the president that if Russia further invaded Ukraine, the pipeline would be shut down," the source said. "Scholz had promised the president that if Russia further invaded Ukraine, the pipeline would be shut down," the source said."He did exactly what he said he would do, and that was deeply appreciated." More On This Topic Confronting Putin, Biden ensures that Europe is not the sidelines The Trump years contrasted to the warm relationship that Scholz's predecessor Angela Merkel forged with Barack Obama after initial friction from disclosures that the National Security Agency had tapped Merkel's mobile phone." The Trump years contrasted to the warm relationship that Scholz's predecessor Angela Merkel forged with Barack Obama after initial friction from disclosures that the National Security Agency had tapped Merkel's mobile phone. Trump's public and private pummelling of Berlin over the pipeline, its failure to raise military spending to meet NATO targets and its support of the Iran nuclear deal sent the partnership reeling. Biden first met Scholz in Rome at the Group of 20 meeting in October, shortly before the German leader took office.

Biden first met Scholz in Rome at the Group of 20 meeting in October, shortly before the German leader took office. "Relations between the two administrations are unusually close", said one German government source."In fact - the higher you get in the hierarchy in Washington, the closer relations are to German government."In fact - the higher you get in the hierarchy in Washington, the closer relations are to German government." There have been differences, to be sure, including lingering frustration in Berlin and other European capitals over the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last August, a move seen as a"big mistake" that may have even encouraged Putin, according to German government sources. Some in Washington meanwhile question Germany's continued strong economic ties with China, echoing criticisms under Trump. Some in Washington meanwhile question Germany's continued strong economic ties with China, echoing criticisms under Trump.

But on Sunday, Scholz was all smiles after Biden's warm words:"It's a good message that we all managed to stay united, which, obviously, Putin never expected." More On This Topic." Source: Reuters/ec .