WASHINGTON – With enemies like these, who needs friends?
Stepping onto the world for a few high-profile summits, President Donald Trump is a scrambling of the usual distribution of allies and opponents. In the span of a few days, he has embraced Russia, and North Korea during the pushing away of America’s best friends, such as France, Canada and Germany.
It is Trump’s modus operandi to keep people on their toes, unable to predict what he will do. But the impulse to pick fights with the states of the United States is dependent on the solidarity in the world and is striking many as a step too far.
Joel Rubin, a deputy minister of foreign affairs in the Obama administration, said the dual movements were “completely contrary” to America’s foreign policy objectives. He predicted that it would cause great harm to the AMERICAN standing in the world.
“If Obama had done that, the criticism comes down on him would have been a fusillade coming from Capitol Hill and the congressional Republicans,” said Rubin, who now teaches at Carnegie Mellon University. “But there is hardly a whimper.”
The apparent rearrangement has played with dizzying speed as an Asset, traveled on Friday to Canada for the annual Group of 7 summit. From there, he was planning to jet to Singapore for an unprecedented summit with the leader of North Korea, which is technically still in a state of war with the united states and is considered by the Trump card of the administration of a state sponsor of terrorism.
Ironically, Trump was expected to receive a much warmer reception of Kim Jong-Un and then the US allies in the West.
He descended on the small Canadian town of La Malbaie as frigid a welcome as an American president has ever seen of the old allies. Even before they broke into an open conflict, Trump was the odd man out in a group that favors global collaboration and has focused on issues such as climate change.
Still, it was his sudden call to restore Russia kicked out of what used to be the G-8 about the annexation of the Crimea a few years ago — that seemed to come out of nowhere.
“They threw Russia out,” Trump said he left the White House, for Canada. “They should let Russia come back, because we need Russia to the negotiating table.”
It was enough to appall traditional Russia hawks, even in Trump’s of the Republican y. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called the move “weak” and added that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is not our friend, and he is not the chairman of the buddy.” And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trump was worth a country that “attacking the democratic institutions all over the world.”
“The president has inexplicably shown that our opponents, the reverence and the respect that should be reserved for our allies,” McCain said. “Those countries that share our values and have sacrificed alongside us for decades to be treated with contempt.”
And other G-7 countries reported immediately they had zero interest in it received from Moscow back in the club. A senior British government official responded to Trump by saying that Russia should “change the approach” to talks about the merge of the G-7 can occur. The official is not authorized to comment by name and requested anonymity.
In the run-up to the meeting, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and the Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau openly critical Asset of the new rates. Signaling he will not back down, Trump threw himself into the fight, lashing out on Twitter about “unfair trade agreements.” Private Trump complained about having to attend the meeting at all, frustrated about the criticism, the progressive agenda and prefer to focus on the upcoming North Korea-top.
The conflict, fueled speculation about a radical change in this global alliances in the direction of what some call the “G-6 plus one” — a reference to the US to stand alone, and seemed to mark a turning point in the Trump’s relations with old allies.
While he studied at the Canada collection, Trump came too late, and the White House said that he was planning to leave early, adding that a deputy assistant to the president — a mid-level aide would remain in place for the rest of the meetings.
With the united states. the odd man out, there were serious doubts that a typical G-7 “communique” — a joint statement of the participants describe the progress made during the top — can be issued. Some diplomats were even floating the possibility that the communique can be included that do not involve the United States.
Yet Trump has made it clear that even if his approach should be a weakening of the alliance, which he didn’t particularly mind.
In contrast to previous points in the Trump administration, as advisors sought to reassure a nervous world that “America First” does not mean “only in America,” Trump has now fully focus on the nationalist policies that he espoused on the campaign. The president, who scolded about trade deficits with other countries, views its protectionist trade moves as the key to his base, and has grown more and more frustrated with the leaders about their criticism.
More and more confidence in his opinion, Trump is also less advice of the assistants, and brought some of his more traditional advisors.
Trump’s recent rates follow a year of policy making, that has taken away from US. of traditional allies, including Trump’s decision to withdraw from the US. of the Paris climate agreement, and the Iran nuclear deal. They are also a fresh reminder that the efforts of other leaders to woo Trump in the hope of swaying its opinion, been largely unsuccessful. Both Macron and Trudeau have tried to turn on the charm in the past with little to show for it.
“What worries me the most is the fact that the rules-based international order is challenged — surprisingly not by the usual suspects, but by the main architect and guarantor, the united states,” said European Council President Donald Tusk.
Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Trump seems to be no distinction between allies who share the AMERICAN values of the market, the economy and the democracy, and opponents who do not, and in the process that he’s upending decades of American foreign policy.
“The president is an impulse to test what an ally of the US,” Conley said. “I fear that we have the answer on that test when we are in a time of great need, and our allies are no longer willing to support us.”
Lucey reported from La Malbaie, Quebec. Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington contributed to this report.