The best thing to come out of this little get together was Trump’s floating of the idea of removing ALL TARIFFS. Now that would be serious progress.
Of course it was only a floated idea but it was put out there. Another zag from President Zig. It was a nice move. Almost as good as him saying he backed legal pot and that he would listen to NFL players if they wanted to suggest presidential pardons. Those were good moves too.
Of course the EU press and the DC/New York media are flipping out as Trump didn’t give the G7 the respect the G7 thought it was due. Ms. Merkel has been given this week’s anti-Trump “resistance” crown along with a ridiculous Justin Trudeau at her heals. This is the old guard, the “globalist” crony old guard clinging to power. They don’t like that the US is asserting itself. They would prefer the more hobbled and compliant USA of the Obama era.
Yes we hold the EU in contempt. Yes we hold the United Nations in contempt. Yes NATO needs to be rethought. No we don’t think Germany should dominate Europe through Brussels.
We are not Europe. We are the United States and our interests are different than yours. And yes, you’re going to have to come to terms with this.
In the run-up to the G-7 summit, Trump told people close to him that he was dreading the meeting. The president hates being lectured to by other foreign officials and he tends to avoid one-on-one confrontations. Trump is more fixated on building relationships with powerful and domineering world leaders like Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim, who he is eager to meet in Singapore.
Tensions over trade, meanwhile, dominated the summit. As POLITICO reported on Friday, Trump, during a private meeting, floated the idea of ending all tariffs and trade barriers between the U.S. and its G-7 allies. Right before leaving for Singapore, Trump upped the ante in his press conference with reporters, warning that he could cut off or severely limit trade access to the United States if G-7 countries don’t cooperate.
Keep moving in the REAL FREE TRADE direction Mr. President. Let’s get rid of the tariffs. Let’s open up trade as it will be good for pretty much everyone on either side of the Atlantic, with the obvious exception of the crony capitalists who now benefit from such restrictions on trade. (Trump has of course facilitated new tariffs.)