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Trump Asks - Whats a US Ally?

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Donald Trump’s tangles with America’s traditional friends—on trade, military spending, handshaking—are well known.

 

But on Sunday, in an interview with 60 Minutes, the American president distilled his revolutionary view of the country’s alliances in Europe, Asia, and North America, which have formed the foundation for U.S. foreign policy for decades, to its essence.

 

Asked by Lesley Stahl about the tariffs he’s threatened to impose on allies such as Canada, Japan, and the European Union, Trump responded,

 

“I mean, what’s an ally?”

 

American leaders have long clashed with allies.

 

Yet Trump is unique in casting these allies not as occasionally problematic partners, but as direct threats to the United Statesthreats that, in many cases, are actually more dangerous than America’s customary enemies because they drain the country of its vitality while masquerading as a friend.

 

During his appearance on 60 Minutes, for example, Trump asserted,

 

“Nobody treats us much worse than the European Union,” which he claimed was created in the post–World War II period “to take advantage of us on trade,” and he disputed the conventional wisdom in Washington that America’s system of defense, diplomatic, and economic alliances has helped the United States project power and promote stability in the world.

 

“Are you willing to disrupt the Western alliance? … It’s kept the peace for 70 years,” Stahl noted.

 

“You don’t know that,” Trump shot back.

 

(In his 60 Minutes interview, Trump noted that while Russian President Vladimir Putin is “probably” engaged in assassinations and poisonings around the world, “it’s not in our country.”)

 

The president’s world is one in which there are no friends and no enemies, just coldhearted, self-interested nations in the throes of zero-sum competition—either you have your pockets picked or you do the picking.

 

And at the moment the United States is stuffing its pockets with cash from the House of Saud, whatever Saudi leaders may have done to forever silence a critic seeking to speak his mind.

 

Source - https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/10/donald-trump-60-minutes-ally/573019/

 

I'M PRESIDENT AND YOU'RE  NOT!

 

 

 

 

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