What's wrong with Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump starts his European tour on Tuesday. It begins on Wednesday with participation in the NATO summit. He will also meet EU representatives in Brussels. On Thursday we will continue on a working visit to London. On Friday he will probably get to know the Queen as well. And on July 16, he wants to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time at a summit in Helsinki. The big question is: will Trump cause another scandal at one of these dates? Will he offend his counterparts again, as he has done so often? An overview of the scorched earth that Trump has left behind so far.
January 15, 2017 - Trump considers NATO to be "obsolete"
Even before he takes office, President-elect Donald Trump is shaking up the Western Defense Alliance. In an interview with the British Times and the German pictureNewspaper he describes NATO as "obsolete". Among other things, because they allegedly do nothing against terrorism. This has caused head shaking among NATO partners. NATO is active in many anti-terrorist missions, for example in the fight against IS. And the only time that the assistance clause was activated was after the terrorist attacks on the USA on September 11, 2001. In April 2017, Trump took the floor back after a visit by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. However, his basic stance on NATO has hardly changed.
January 20, 2017 - Trump's inauguration speech
The speech is likely to have briefly shaken up some heads of state in the western hemisphere. After a brutal election campaign, many had expected something more conciliatory. But not that Trump would go further. Anyone who followed the speech closely could already see everything that the international community of states has to deal with today. "For decades we made foreign industry rich at the expense of American industry," he said. The US had subsidized the armies of other countries when its own army was in a sad state. "We protected the borders of others, but not our own." And so on. That is over now. "From that moment on it will be: America first!" His inauguration speech will go down in history as the beginning of America's departure from multilateralism. Under Trump, the US renounced to be the leading power of the free world.
January 23, 2017 - Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement
Everything had already been negotiated, only the signatures were still missing. But Trump got serious about his America First doctrine on January 23, 2017 and withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement (TPP). The other eleven contracting states will not be deterred. They ratify the modified agreement in March 2018 under a new name (CPTPP or TPP11). Trump now seems to regret his move, he wants to take part again, but hardly sets acceptable conditions for the participation of the USA. The other contracting states decline with thanks.
January 27-28, 2017 - Trump argues over the phone with his counterparts from Mexico and Australia
Mexico's then President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are among the first colleagues of the new US President to suffer his unconventional conversations on the phone. You get to hear the full range of the new Trump sound. The special thing about the talks: Trump insults and disciplines his counterparts. The Mexican he is threatening to move into his country with the US military in order to fight the criminal gangs there. He also surprises Peña Nieto by threatening to impose punitive tariffs on Mexican goods if he is unwilling to help finance Trump's wall along the US southern border. He accuses his Australian counterpart Turnbull of having ripped off the US because Obama agreed to examine the admission of up to 2,000 boat refugees who are stranded on an island off Australia. Trump gets so angry during the conversation that he simply hangs up the phone every now and then. White House employees are so appalled that the contents of both calls are made public almost immediately. Later even as a copy.
March 17, 2017 - Trump refuses to shake hands with Merkel
This scene is still being talked about in the USA today: Chancellor Merkel visits the new president in Washington for the first time. There is an obligatory photo appointment in the Oval Office. It is the ultimate handshake appointment. If a handshake, then here. It just doesn't happen. The reporters get impatient, ask for a handshake, Merkel leans over to Trump to signal that she is ready now. But he stoically remains in his seat and looks into space. Merkel looks at him like she would look at a small child who does not want the ice cream on offer. If you don't want to, you already have it. It is later said that Trump simply ignored the request for the handshake.
April 27, 2017 - Trump threatens to terminate the free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada
It's another tweet that worries the international partners.
On April 27, 2017, Trump wrote that he would terminate the Nafta free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada if improvements in his favor are not possible. Already during the election campaign he ranted that NAFTA was "the worst deal that has ever been made". After all: Canada and Mexico are willing to renegotiate. But they are running very slowly and are still not finished. Which is probably also due to the chaotic conduct of negotiations in the USA. And it seems that the modernized deal will not include the big changes that Trump wanted.
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