Trump’s Dangerous Behavior Alienates Global Allies
June 6, 2017
Instead of strengthening global alliances, Trump is engaging in dangerous behavior that threatens our alliances and puts the safety of the American people at risk. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, his critical response to the London terror attack, and barrage of insults directed at world leaders have been met with criticism from U.S. allies who warn about the negative impacts of his policies.
World leaders have condemned Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
CNN: “President Donald Trump faced a chorus of global disapproval Friday in the wake of his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, with allies and rivals uniting to accuse him of failing future generations.”
Reuters: “Italy, France and Germany said on Thursday they regretted U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and dismissed his suggestion that the global pact could be revised. ‘We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,’ the leaders of the three countries said in a joint statement.”
Trump’s insulting reaction to the terror attack in London has strained our relationship with Great Britain.
BBC: “Trump hurled an insult at London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, shortly after the terrorist attacks in his city. Then Trump went after Khan again on Monday, tweeting that he was offering only a ‘pathetic excuse’ for the mayor’s earlier statement that Britons should remain calm in the wake of the terror attack. Many British officials are enraged – especially those who work in counterterrorism.”
NBC: “Donald Trump’s planned state visit to Britain should be canceled, London’s mayor said Tuesday after the president repeatedly criticized him following the latest terrorist attack. Sadiq Khan said Trump was ‘wrong’ about ‘many things’ and should not be welcomed to the United Kingdom.”
NBC: “‘I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,’ Khan told U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 on Monday. ‘When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.’”
Politico: “The Labour leader also used the speech to attack Donald Trump and stand by London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, who had been criticized by the American president on Twitter for reassuring Londoners that extra armed police on the streets was ‘no reason to be alarmed.’ ‘At this time it is more important than ever that we stay united in our communities. It is the strength of our communities that gets us through these awful times as London Mayor Sadiq Khan recognized, but which the current occupant in the White House has neither the grace nor the sense to grasp,’ Corbyn said.”
Trump continues to make statements and take positions that would further alienate our allies.
CNN: “President Donald Trump appeared to take credit for the decision of major Gulf nations to cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, an important US ally, putting his stamp of approval on the move despite Pentagon and State Department attempts to remain neutral. ‘During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look,’ he tweeted.”
CNN: “The tweet could pose difficulties for the US in explaining why it remains in Qatar, host to the largest US military base in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates broke off relations with Qatar in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades.”
Reuters: “The United States is expected to signal on Tuesday that it might withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council unless reforms are ushered in including the removal of what it sees as an ‘anti-Israel bias’, diplomats and activists said.”
Times of Israel: “An angry Trump yelled at Abbas during their talks last Tuesday for his alleged direct involvement in incitement against Israel, Channel 2 reported, citing an unnamed American source. ‘You tricked me in DC! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement [against Israel],’ Trump is said to have shouted at a shocked Abbas.”
Trump’s refusal to commit on climate, trade, migration and defense issues was a roadblock to policy consensus among G7 and NATO allies.
BBC: “The final communique issued at the G7 summit in Italy said the US ‘is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics.’ However, the other G7 leaders pledged to ‘reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement’. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discussion on climate change had been ‘very unsatisfactory’, adding ‘we have a situation of six against one.’”
Foreign Policy: “But the Donald Trump White House has largely blocked its Italian host from putting forward an initiative addressing the need to resettle millions of refugees and migrants who have poured into Europe on rickety boats or crossed borders on foot over the past decade.”
Since Trump has returned from his first foreign trip, U.S. allies have been critical of Trump’s actions, warning of the negative impacts of his policies.
Los Angeles Times: “The sense of a White House under intensified siege was heightened by the sobering comments from Merkel, Europe’s most powerful politician. ‘Naturally, we’ll maintain our friendship with the United States … wherever possible,’ Merkel said. ‘But we have to realize that we Europeans are going to have to fight on our own behalf.’ Although Trump touted ‘big results’ in a tweet Sunday about his European trip, Merkel’s comments were a potentially far-reaching negative assessment of his meetings with European Union officials and NATO heads of state in Brussels and the leaders of major industrialized nations at the Group of 7 summit in Sicily, Italy.”
USA Today: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said Israel has ‘no better friend’ than Trump, appeared to hold the president at arm’s length on Monday. Speaking to members of his conservative Likud party, Netanyahu warned that a Trump-brokered peace negotiation with the Palestinians ‘comes at a price.’ And while he welcomed U.S. support for Israel, he emphasized that ‘there is no such thing as innocent gifts.’”
USA Today: “British Prime Minister Theresa May is upset that American intelligence officials leaked information about the Manchester concert bombing to the media. Trump acknowledged that he got an earful from May, tweeting Sunday that she was ‘very angry’ about the leaks. ‘Gave me full details!’”