Trump Suggests U.S. Should Treat Germany as an Enemy because of World War II
President Donald Trump now endangers the post World War II order that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The alliance has led to a global economy and the great creation of wealth in human history. Trump is lobbying for closer United States-Russian relations even though the Russians have been waging war against our democracy for over seven decades.
President Donald Trump has been accused as being Putin’s puppet is now openly suggesting the United States should abandon Germany as an ally and treat it as an enemy simply because the two countries were adversaries in World War II.
The off-the-cuff remark on a key building block of U.S. policy for over 70 years. Mr. Trump intends to fundamentally overhaul the post-World War II global power dynamic that saw Western countries bring Germany into their sphere while combating Moscow and fighting the spread of communism in the post-world war II era.
Trump’s comments are going to find a great deal of pushback from the even the GOP-run Senate. It signals the length he is willing to go to suck up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which will renew concerns that Putin has enough on President Trump to crush his re-election chances and is being blackmailed.
President Trump, during another rambling and unhinged interview with "Fox & Friends" via his usual call-in, launched into a remarkable uneducated pro-Russian diatribe about Germany and Russia. Trump detailed how the United States should treat each country – after being asked about what he and Russian President Vladimir Putin would discuss during a planned telephone conversation later in the morning.
The President insisted on pushing his belief that it would be a "good thing" if Washington and Moscow had a warmer relationship, noting he has been saying so since he was first a presidential candidate. Despite his admission, the two Cold War adversaries remain rivals on the global stage.
Mr. Trump said of Russia; then, the Soviet Union pushed the argument that...
"They also fought World War II. They lost 50 million people,"
"Germany was the enemy. ... And Germany's [now], like, this wonderful thing," he added, suggesting the now-democratic European power is not-so-wonderful in his eyes. The President left out the fact that the non-aggression pack between Germany and the Soviet Union enabled Hitler’s blitzkrieg across Europe and the slaughter of tens of millions of Europeans and almost the continent’s Jewish population.
In pure Trumpian form, he attempted to give himself some distance from the suggestion, saying of his Germanic ancestry: "Look, its fine," President Trump said of U.S.-German relations.
"It's in my heritage." Ironically President Trump has repeatedly played down his German family origins and claimed Irish origins.
Trump continues to grow frustrated with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was close with former President Barack Obama and has rebuffed his demands and advice.
A good example of this was Chancellor Merkel’s 2018 call for NATO to take a tougher stance against Russia. At home, her Christian Democratic Union political party has steadily advocated the most stringent policy prescriptions for how to deal with Mr. Putin's government.
Trump has taken issue with Germany’s imports $22bn annual energy products from Russia, according to ComTrade and TradingEconomics.com. Germany also buys billions more in copper, aluminum, steel, and other crucial materials from Russia, making the relationship one of economic necessity for Berlin.
Yet despite the economic ties between Russia and Germany, Merkel has been unyielding in its objections to Russia’s illegal activities. Merkel objects include the invasion of Ukraine and have been pushing even more stringent sanctions, while at the same time trying to keep the door open to trade and cultural cooperation.
Heather Conley, a former senior State Department official now with the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently called Mr. Trump's coronavirus foreign policy approach…
"personality-driven" and "blame-driven" and "devastating."
Saying it "has great real-world implications for America's leadership in the world and our allies and partners.
The re-occurring question is what Putin has on President Trump. Trump’s unwillingness to release his tax returns may reveal that he is financially burdened and in debt to the Russians. If this is the case and why he is advocating for the Putin dictatorship, American voters should know this before the general election.