Here’s an outstanding, must-read editorial from the NYT, highlighting how Trump has contributed to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Trump’s simplistic knee-jerk tweets highlight that he’s a weak president with a big ego. US foreign policy is confused. With ‘America First’, is the US abandoning its role as the world’s policeman and defendor of freedom? Firstly in Iraq and then by attacking ISIS, the US missed the strategic objectives. On Trump’s watch, Iran, Syria, Turkey and Russia’s are testing Trump’s resolve. History has shown us, time and time again, that US bombing is not enough. Surely, it’s time for the US Congress to demand a strategic approach to foreign policy that is in harness with America’s major allies? Thoughts?
Here’s a breaking news story published by Slate. Trump is threatening trade wars with Europe, targeting car companies. Junckner says that Levy jeans and bourbon whiskey would be targets for retaliation. Meanwhile, Britain’s lame duck prime minister, Theresa May, will defend her government’s Brexit plans on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.
It’s time for Trump to face reality. US productivity does not compete with international markets effectively because of deep-rooted problems, including management, quality and trade unions. And Trump needs to fix obesity and the opioid epidemic too. Americans aspire to German cars because of superior quality. Perhaps Obama should have let US carmakers go to wall? Let’s not forget that US corporations are not paying their fair share of taxes in Europe.
But Angela Merkel, with her fragile political base, will no doubt be quick to protect the interests of German carmakers.
Against this potential global trade war, Brits are expected to believe Theresa May and her supporting ‘Ultras’ that all will come right after Brexit.