I realize that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are in Paris to commemorate the end of World War I, in which 116, 708 Americans lost their lives in an effort to help the country of France in their war against Germany.
However, that was not the only time that Americans have given their lives to help France secure their freedom against Germany.
D-Day, also called the Battle of Normandy, was fought on June 6, 1944, between the Allied nations and German forces occupying Western Europe. To this day, 70 years later, it still remains the largest seaborne invasion in history. Almost three million troops crossed the English Channel from England to Normandy to be used as human cannon fodder in an invasion of occupied France.
The twelve nations who participated in the invasion included Australia, Canada, Belgium, France, Czechoslovakia, Greece, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, and, of course. the United States of America.
By the time the sun set on June 6, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded, and more than 100,000 had made it ashore, capturing French coastal villages. Within weeks, supplies were being unloaded at Utah and Omaha beachheads at the rate of more than 20,000 tons per day. By June 11, more than 326,000 troops, 55,000 vehicles, and 105,000 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches. By June 30, the Allies had established a firm foothold in Normandy. Allied forces crossed the River Seine on August 19.
There has never been an exact count of the sacrifices made on D-Day. Although, it is estimated that more than 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded, or went missing during the battle. 209,000 of those who lost their lives were Allied forces. In addition to almost 200,000 German troops killed or wounded, the Allies also captured 200,000 soldiers. Captured Germans were sent to American prisoner-of-war camps at the rate of 30,000 per month, from D-Day until Christmas 1944. Between 15,000 and 20,000 French civilians were killed during the battle.
Evidently, gratitude has a time limit.
FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump touched down in France on Friday and immediately took a shot at President Emmanuel Macron for his recent call for a “European army,” calling the idea “very insulting” and renewing pressure on the country to contribute more to NATO.
“President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia,” Trump tweeted. “Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!”
Trump was reacting to remarks Macron made earlier this week when he said Europe was “the main victim” of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.
“We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army,” Macron said, according to The Wall Street Journal. He also grouped in the U.S. with the countries from which France needed protecting.
“We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” he said on French radio.
Trump is in France to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, where he will join fellow world leaders and have a one-on-one meeting with Macron — who is facing political turmoil at home and as a result may take a tougher stance toward the president than previous meetings.
Macron met with Trump on American soil in April, in a meeting filled with public hand-holding, smiles and affection. Macron, who called Trump “cher Donald” (“Dear Donald”) engaged in an awkward fist-bump with, before being the recipient of a kiss from, the U.S. president.
“We have to make him perfect,” Trump said later, after brushing “dandruff” off the dashing centrist’s shoulder. “He is perfect.”
But there were signs even in April that things were not perfect between the two. Trump is the de facto leader of Western nationalism, while Macron has cast himself as the leading international proponent of European globalism. In an address to Congress, he called for the preservation of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate deal — from which the U.S. withdrew at Trump’s direction.
At the United Nations in September, the Frenchman took a swipe at Trump’s brand of nationalism, criticizing a unilateralist approach that entails “a certain lawlessness where everyone pursues their own interests.”
“I will never stop upholding the principle of sovereignty even in the face of a certain nationalism, which we’re seeing today, brandishing sovereignty as a way of attacking others,” he said just hours after Trump addressed the General Assembly.
The spat over the European army indicates that relations could be deteriorating further.
Trump has often complained about the burden placed on the U.S. from NATO obligations, noting that the U.S. has an enormous military budget, part of which is spent covering protecting allies abroad — including in Europe. In July, he complained, “We’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France. We’re protecting everybody. And yet we’re paying a lot of money to protect.”
NATO itself does not have a defense budget, but members commit to spending a minimum of 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product to defense spending — although a number of countries do not meet this commitment. For 2018, the U.S. is spending 3.5 percent of its GDP on defense spending. Meanwhile France is spending 1.81 percent, and only a handful of NATO countries are meeting that 2 percent commitment.
According to NATO figures, total defense spending of all NATO members in 2017 was $917 billion, and the U.S. spent about $618 billion, meaning the U.S. spent approximately 70 percent of all NATO members. However, that figure was for all U.S. defense spending, not contributions to NATO. The U.S. also pays for approximately 22 percent of NATO’s common funding.
Macron is exactly like our Former President. He believes that the United States of America is “just another country”, and as such, we should toss out our “Nationalism”, i.e., Patriotism, and continue to be the World’s Piggybank.
President Trump, on the other hand, is actually conducting business as an AMERICAN PRESIDENT, putting OUR interests above those of every other country.
Trump’s Foreign Policy is 180 degrees opposite from Obama’s “Smart Power” which was anything but.
And, his approach is succeeding.
Under Obama, America was viewed as a patsy, a country to be taken advantage of.
Under the leadership of successful businessman and proven negotiator President Donald J. Trump, other nations have found out that there is a new sheriff in town. One who is not afraid to speak the truth and to tell it like it is.
America has been the world’s piggybank for way too long.
For France and the other nations comprising NATO to expect America to continue to send our taxpayers’ hard-earned money to them makes them appear to be gold-diggers who are expecting Uncle Sam to be their sugar daddy while they are catting around with another guy.
And, for Macron to propose a European Army in order to protect his country and the rest of the Globalists in Europe from us, the Sovereign Nation who freed half of Europe from Hitler and his National Socialist Party (Nazis) , has to be the worst act of ingratitude that history has every witnessed.
The President needs to keep on doing exactly what he is doing in regards to our Foreign Policy and his calling out the panhandlers of NATO, including Macron and France.
Not only is he erasing Obama’s legacy of horrible domestic policies, Trump is now working hard to erase the perception that Obama and his Administration left that we are the world’s doormat and piggybank.
Macron’s whining is proving that he is right on target.
In other words, the 45th President of the United States of America is doing exactly what we elected him to do.
PUTTING AMERICA FIRST.
Until He Comes,