Jared under the bed?: Team Trump and the Russians | Blog – The Economist

Scary stuff in this Economist blog. It reports that Donald Trump‘s son-in-law is reported to have proposed a secret communications channel with the Kremlin.

Jared under the bed?: Team Trump and the Russians | The Economist

The Trump presidency is not a ma, pa and the kids family business, it’s a real threat to world peace. See the alarming editorial from Der Spiegel cited in my earlier blog http://wp.me/p1m0kg-cwh

Surely the point here is whether this was nativity of political process or a deliberate attempt to circumvent the checks and balances of the United States of America?



Trump NATO speech breaks Europe’s heart – Global Times

Flag of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Flag of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Español: Bandera de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN). Polski: Flaga Paktu Północnoatlantyckiego (NATO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China’s hard-hitting newspaper, the Global Times highlights the differences between Trump’s US and other NATO allies, in particular in Europe. It argues that the US has built giant security assets overseas in the post WWII era and warns that now that the US economic advantage has become less prominent, what Trump wants to do is to “sell” some of the geopolitical assets in exchange for cash.

Trump NATO speech breaks Europe’s heart – Global Times

For years now, Canada, Germany, and to a lesser extent France, have got off lightly in paying their share towards NATO. It’s just not fair to other members like the the US and the UK who have their own financial problems. Of course, there’s a right and a wrong way to apply international pressure. Sadly, Trump bluntness and unpredictability are weakening the NATO alliance and analysts are increasingly factoring the heightened risk of WWIII being triggered by a rogue escalation.