Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018
The Washington Post, as viewed on msn.com, is very worried about the “World Order” because of the words and actions of “mean ol’ President Trump”…
When does a feud become a separation? A separation a divorce? When do arguments, sharp-tongued put-downs and perceived betrayal among allies become the collapse of the Western-dominated order that has ruled the world, under U.S. leadership, for the past seven decades?
As each day brings a new series of punches and counterpunches between President Trump and longtime U.S. partners, the question appears to be moving beyond the realm of the academic.
The most recent episode began with Friday’s Group of Seven summit in Quebec, the annual chat-fest with the United States and the world’s other self-described economic leaders, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. It followed Trump’s decision not to exempt any of them from new U.S. “national security” tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
That ruling came on the heels of nearly 18 months of clashes over climate change, trade, NATO, Iran and other issues on a list so long it is hard to remember everything on it.
“What worries me most . . . is the fact that the rules-based international order is being challenged,” European Council President Donald Tusk said as the G-7 summit got underway. What is surprising, Tusk said, is that the challenge is driven not by the “usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor, the U.S.”
Trump’s actions, he said, “play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist.” Tusk’s usual suspects certainly include China and Russia, the latter suspended from the group after its 2014 annexation of Crimea. As Trump left Washington early Friday, he said Russia should be invited “back in” to the club.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron held a news conference in Quebec on Thursday to hail their own close relations and said they would continue, politely, to try to convince Trump that his actions are “unacceptable” and counterproductive, even for American workers.
Trump responded with a series of tweets Friday morning, saying he was headed to Quebec to “straighten out” U.S. allies. “If it doesn’t happen,” he declared, “we come out even better.”
In any case, Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Canada, eventually “we’ll all be in love again.”
…Trump’s attitude is often as irritating to allied leaders as are his policies, according to numerous European officials, who consistently address such issues only on the condition of anonymity to avoid making the situation worse.
Two administration officials acknowledged that Trump simply does not see allies and adversaries in the traditional way, nor any reason to couch his views in diplomatic niceties. He often describes countries that have been historically aligned with the United States, including Germany, France and Canada, as “so-called allies” who take advantage of the nation.
Trump cares very little about the traditional world order, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about what the president has said in private.
And, that is a bad thing, why?
For decades now, America has gotten the short end of the stick in trade deals involving countries who were supposed to be our friends.
Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States of America because he promised to dig us out of the economic hole which the Democrats’ fiscal mismanagement of America’s assets had put us in.
True to his word, Trump is succeeding in fulfilling his promises and now the Democrats are all terribly upset that he is making our “friends” angry at us.
If the professional politicians sitting on their duffs all these years in the Capitol Rotunda had gotten angry when these one sided trade deals were made in the first place, then President Trump would not have to tackle the problem now.
What did the Democrats and their Vanguard, the Main Stream Media, expect to happen in the area of Foreign Trade when average Americans elected a mega-successful billionaire who had written a book titled “The Art of the Deal” as the 45th President of the United States of America?
Did they expect President Trump to just roll over and perform a Neville Chamberlain impression when negotiating trade at the G-7?
If they did, then they are more clueless than I thought that they were, and that is saying a lot.
President Trump is more than willing to negotiate trade deals with the countries represented at the G-7. However, when he was campaigning and later after he became president, he kept repeating “American First” and he meant it.
President Trump will not accept any deal that is not in the best interests of the United States of America, no matter how loudly Democrats and the leaders of those nations who claim to be our allies whine and cry about the “necessity” of America compromising and giving up things in trade deals in order to maintain the “World Order”.
President Trump’s first priority at the G-7 is to make deals that benefit America and her people.
And, that is a good thing.
Until He Comes,