Most American’s don’t see it coming. Most don’t realize POTUS is so desperate to drown out his scandals and lawlessness he’s willing to start a war in Iran while he also orders a U.S. military invasion Venezuela.
By James DiGeorgia
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suddenly announced the cancellation of his first official trip to Germany, where he was scheduled to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and her foreign minister next Tuesday in Berlin, blaming the cancellation on “pressing” but undefined reasons.
The announcement came from in a written statement by Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokeswoman…
“Unfortunately, we must reschedule the Berlin meetings and that the important set of meetings would be re-scheduled,”
Secretary of State Pompeo was scheduled to meet with Ms. Merkel and Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, to discuss Ukraine, Russia, China, Syria, the Western Balkans and other issues of mutual interest.
Bijan Djir-Sarai, a foreign policy spokesman for the German opposition political party the Free Democrats, immediately attributed Secretary Pompeo’s decision to cancel his inaugural visit to Berlin at the last minute as a clear indication of the current breakdown of ties between Germany and the United States.
Germany and the United States have been close allies since the end of the Second World War, but relations have been strained between Chancellor Merkel and President Trump, since his being sworn into office. Trump has publicly have insulted Ms. Merkel and her government over issues including refugees and a planned gas pipeline with Russia. Trump has also threatened to impose huge tariffs on automobile and auto parts imports from Germany.
Mr. Djir-Sarai also said in his statement on the meeting cancellation…
“There are real issues that could have been discussed. But the times have changed, and this shows that the German government also no longer plays an important enough role in current foreign policy issues to be a top priority for Washington”.
While the German opposition political party the Free Democrats took Secretary Pompeo’s cancellation as a snub so has Chancellor Merkel who no doubt was already snubbed by him when Secretary Pompeo did not attend an annual foreign policy conference in Munich this year, although he was traveling through Central and Eastern Europe at the time.
An opinion piece in left-leaning daily Süddeutsche Zeitung commented on the cancellation by publishing an editorial opinion piece saying…
“More than two years since Donald Trump came to power, much of that which for a long time was lauded as the German-American friendship, now lies in pieces,”
Meanwhile, Secretary Pompeo’s cancellation may be tied to the escalation of hostilities between the United States and Iran. The movement of U.S. carrier group to the Strait of Hormuz may be setting the stage for a war with Iran. At the same time, the Trump Administration appears to prepare for a military invasion of Venezuela to remove and arrest President Maduro.
Trump appears to be looking for a “wag the dog” opportunity to shift Americans attention away from a myriad of his scandals and the increasing confrontation with Congress over his tax returns and the Mueller report.
Separately, state-run news outlets in Russia reported on today that Secretary Pompeo is heading back to Russia next week for talks with the country’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and President Vladimir V. Putin, in the Black Sea city of Sochi. A meeting with the Russians could be a precursor to one or both of President Trumps approaching wars. Keep in mind President Trump openly declared during his campaign in 2015/2016 that …