The leaders of Great Britain, Germany, and France—three of the U.S.’s closest allies—called on the U.S. and Iran to “exercise utmost restraint” on Sunday, in sharp contrast to Trump’s belligerent response.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a joint statement saying there was “an urgent need for de-escalation” and that the “current cycle of violence in Iraq must end.”
Trump infamously fled the NATO summit last month after a video of world leaders—including Macron and Johnson—ridiculing him went viral. But while Trump is certainly a joke on the world stage, his war mongering is anything but.
Why this matters
Although none of America’s closest allies shed a tear for the assassinated Iranian General Soleimani, they did not stand by Trump’s aggressive retaliation.
The response implies Trump would be short of allies if the conflict escalated past words.
The three leaders also reiterated their “attachment to the sovereignty and security of Iraq,” saying “another crisis risks jeopardizing years of efforts to stabilize Iraq.”
In another rebuke for President Trump’s Twitter diplomacy, Germany’s center-right Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday morning that Trump’s threats of sanctions against Iraq for asking U.S. troops to leave were “not very helpful.”
Trump had earlier threatened Iraq with huge sanctions if they expelled U.S. troops after Iraqi lawmakers passed a resolution asking the government to expel U.S. troops over the weekend.
“I don’t think it works to convince Iraq with threats but with arguments,” Germany’s Haas told Deutschlandfunk public radio.