German Chancellor Merkel re-elected amid weaker Germany-US relations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was sworn in for her fourth term on Wednesday.

In a campaign rally in July, Chancellor Merkel clearly laid out her position towards some of Trump's policies, saying that Germany "could no longer rely on the U.S. to some extent."

Over her time as leader, the Germany-U.S. relationship has changed. The two countries had developed a stronger partnership during the terms of former President Obama, with whom Merkel was said to have a close relationship.

Obama had said that Merkel was likely his "closest international partner." Merkel said at his last presidential visit to Germany that "the parting is hard for me."

Merkel enters her new term with a possible trade war looming. Based on her past, many believe she is unlikely to concede easily to the conditions Trump has laid out on trade tariffs, which could have devastating consequences on the German economy.

"Trade is something that is important to the EU, and they will work together to make sure the the U.S. realizes the EU won’t take this lying down," she told ABC News.

"From once being the sought-after indispensable partner, Germany is now kind of left in the cold and feeling threatened by the U.S.," she adds. "It’s definitely a different time than it was two years ago."

While not exactly the fire and fury language often used in U.S. politics, many in Germany saw the statement as a lecture on core Western values and a strong rebuke for an incoming U.S. president.