As a German-American, naturalized U.S. citizen since 1998, I am deeply concerned about how President Trump talks about our European allies, Germany in particular. What I am even more worried about is Congress’ silence, especially the GOP’s silence. It is as if that party is perfectly willing to go along with the destruction of the post-World War II alliances that have brought peace and prosperity to the United States (though not always to other countries). As much as these alliances had their problems, their strength lay in their cooperation based on liberal and democratic principles.
Are you, as Congress, now willing to throw this all into the wind to openly align the U.S. with authoritarian regimes? Instead of working toward true democracy, toward implementing the liberal promises of the U.S. constitution, you are standing by as Trump undermines it. For what? Just to maintain your power? Are we, the people, really that unimportant to you? Do you really care so little about U.S. democracy?
This is certainly no longer the United States that I joined as a citizen! It is long past time that you stand up to Trump and show him that his words and actions are unacceptable in the United States of America! It is Congress’ responsibility to provide checks and balances. Please do your job!
Some of the background for this letter is expressed here by the European council president. Some other concurring voices: John Brennan, The Guardian reporting, even the Republican Speaker, David Frum.