Pundit: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now the 'leader of the free world’

President Donald Trump may be calling his first foreign trip a "great success for America," but his stormy encounter with NATO leaders has pundits and world leaders shaking their heads in dismay.

An unnamed state department official reportedly said Trump acted like a "drunk tourist," and MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh took it a step further saying, Trump "defeated the first woman president but he's now made a woman the leader of the free world because it's Angela Merkel right now. He has abdicated."

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L-R, Belgium's King Philippe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May react during an aerial fly-pass at the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with French President Emmanuel Macron about their handshakes in front of NATO leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (2ndR) and Belgium King Philippe (L), at the start of the NATO summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
From 2ndL, Belgium's King Philippe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump, Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Dutch Prime Minster Mark Rutte walk together inside the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
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Turkey's first lady Emine Erdogan, Iceland's Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir, France's first lady Brigitte Trogneux, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, Slovenia's Mojca Stropnik, Bulgaria's Desislava Radeva, Belgium's Amelie Derbaudrenghien and Norway's Ingrid Schulerud- Stoltenberg and Luxembourg's Gauthier Destenay visit the Magritte Museum in Brussels, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Trump's refusal to back Article 5 of the NATO alliance, which stipulates an attack on one is an attack on all, caused German Chancellor Angela Merkel to declare Europe has "to take our fate into our own hands."

Trump hasn't taken too kindly to that kind of a shift in the relationship, reiterating the position he made during his trip that Germany pays less on NATO's defense than the U.S. does.

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"Very bad for U.S. This will change," Trump said about some NATO members' defense spending.

Merkel held fast and doubled down, saying her country's relations with the U.S. are of "outstanding importance" but they also must engage with other key nations.

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