Then a third thought occurred to me: This is precisely what Russia's Vladimir Putin wants to happen.
Goulard had said Monday that Trump's broadside at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies should be a "spur" to a joint European defence policy which, with Britain leaving the EU, is being spearheaded by France and Germany.
Merkel, who has signaled she's losing faith in the U.S.as a dependable ally, vowed to press ahead "more decisively than ever" with combating climate change and praised Americans who support her cause, using a religious image to drive her point home. "This will change", Trump wrote on Twitter.
His departure comes amid White House plans for a larger strategic shake-up to tackle head-on allegations involving communication between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's presidential campaign, including a "war room" to combat mounting questions and multiple probes.
The centre-left leader added: "That does not take anything away from the importance of transatlantic relations or the alliance with the United States".
In video published by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle on Monday, a visibly angry Schulz can be seen railing against Trump, who he said "believed he could inflict humiliation in Brussels".
Merkel, for instance, announced last spring that she wanted to increase Germany's annual defence budget by $27bn over the next three years.
"The Germans are bad, very bad", Trump allegedly said, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel, citing sources who were in the room. That was 20 percent more than those concerned about the policies of Vladimir Putin. -German relations, and there's not really much reason for that to be the case.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) sits next to Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) and speaks to President Donald Trump (R) as they attend a G7 expanded session during the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy.
And he warned against "accelerating climate change by weakening environmental protection". "They continue to grow the bond that they had during their talks in the G7". "Germany will have to cooperate with the U.S., whether it wants to or not", he said.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist.
What price separation from Europe? His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" (Zondervan, 2014).