Trump and the Freeloaders

We should have seen this coming:

A war of words has erupted between the US and its G7 allies, hours after the group had put on an apparent show of unity at the end of a tense summit.

US President Donald Trump has continued his personal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tweeting that he “acts hurt when called out”.

Germany’s Angela Merkel said Mr Trump’s decision to reject a joint communique was “sobering” and “depressing”.

There’s a pattern forming whereby Trump stops the US cooperating with a supposedly international effort leaving the other countries high and dry and looking entirely impotent. He did it with Paris Agreement and the Iran “deal”, and he threatened to do it with NATO. He also fired a warning shot across the bows of the UN by reminding them how much America contributes to their operations, and he did a similar thing with the Palestinians. Now he’s gone and done it with the G7.

I don’t think this is so much about trade, just as those other occasions weren’t about the headline causes either. Rather, I think Trump is reminding everyone else what they have long forgotten: without the US on board, these international efforts are non-starters because nobody else wants to pay for them. In terms of both funding and cost impacts, the US is doing the heavy lifting in almost all cases. Now I don’t think the Americans minded this per se, but it’s been going on so long that now nobody else wants to contribute much at all. Worse, these freeloaders see fit to hurl abuse at the US president, declare the US and its people are a problem, and cosy up to their enemies.

What Trump is doing is reminding his supposed allies that without American support  their grand projects are nothing but hot air. The G7 would be better named the G1+6; if Britain or Canada had rejected this joint communique, nobody would have cared but because it was the US the whole meeting has now been a waste of time. Frankly, it’s about time an American president did this, and told other countries to either dial-down the anti-American rhetoric or start getting used to doing things on their own.

I am sure all these actions have considerable support among the US population, who must surely be reaching the end of their tether of being insulted by freeloaders on a daily basis. I am equally sure not a single one of the other western leaders will understand the message Trump is giving them, and continue on much as before. Hopefully the American people will continue to elect leaders who won’t stand for it.

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25 thoughts on “Trump and the Freeloaders

  1. Whenever I hear of Globalists complaining about Trump’s conduct I kind of get encouraged by him again. As far as I am concerned all of these alliances since they started have just led to war and destruction and subjugation of those non-members that get in its way, so no big international alliances works for me. And it’s about time that someone called out nancy boy Trudeau as well.

  2. Worse, these freeloaders see fit to hurl abuse at the US president, declare the US and its people are a problem, and cosy up to their enemies.

    This entirely.

  3. “I am equally sure not a single one of the other western leaders will understand the message Trump is giving them”

    Oh I think they understand alright but they don’t like the message. After all no-one likes to be shown up as both impotent and stupid. The chorus of whining from the rest of the G7’s political leaders – echoed by the MSM and biens pensants of all nationalities – demonstrates how correct Trump is. Trump has called the bluff concerning the vacuity of G7 communiques; indeed of G7 meetings, and the other members have no idea how to respond.

  4. It’s been part of the post-WW2 settlement that other countries get to benefit from the US while whinging about it in public, with the US just ignoring it and getting on with it.

    See: e.g. the NATO intervention in the Yugoslav civil war. The European countries wanted the US in there sorting it out having not done much of anything on their own, while being free to whinge about the US being in there sorting it out.

    Also: see public protests by locals against US military bases in Germany, then when the US says “OK, we’re going to wind this one down and close it”, the same people are suddenly “no, you can’t leave, you’re too important to the local economy”.

  5. All the other “leaders”–inc the Fish Faced Cow– are womiccumalobus ( or whatever the equivalent acronym for their own country would be) scum who serve no cause other than Global Elite Western self-hatred and middle class cultural Marxism.

    Good for Trump and piss on the G6.

    If you don’t mind me a’sayin so.

  6. Years ago I recall some middle-eastern wally chanting ‘death to America’ but when asked, said he wanted to go to the States and live there one day.

    World ‘leaders’ are the same. “We don’t like America doing this” is soon followed by “hey America, we feel threatened please come and help us.”

    As for joint communiques, the phrase bland upon meaningless layered on useless comes to mind.

  7. The other thing I liked about this summit was when he stirred up the possums nest before he even arrived when he announced that Russia should be a member and it should be back in the G8 again without conditions. Pretty good wind up, right there!

    I am sure he realises fine well that he needs to get in closer with Russia before they get too close to China.

  8. He was the only leader present at the G7 who had not been anointed by the permanent political/financial classes. No wonder they hate him. If he’d been an emissary from another planet he could not have less in common with them.

  9. “If he’d been an emissary from another planet he could not have less in common with them.”

    Contrast the G7 with this:

    Rashid Alimov, secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), said the 18th SCO Summit in east China’s Qingdao has opened a “new page” in the history of the regional bloc.

    “Excellent! I think it was amazing,” Alimov told CGTN reporter Su Yuting after the conclusion of the two-day event on Sunday.

    “Today is substantive and yesterday was very emotional.”

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d7851444d78457a6333566d54/share_p.html

  10. The G7 is over. The real summit was the heads of state at the SCO meeting in Qingdao. They are integrating and organizing Eurasian without EU or US participation and largely against EU and US interests. The Kim-Trump negotiations will eventually normalize the North and permit some sort of Korean federation. That federation will be a major, unaligned power in East Asia, and a natural member of the SCO.

    The New World Order will be led by Russia and China.

  11. Ljh: isn’t Italy in the G7? Even when it was Berlusconi they never really warmed to him.

  12. Chester Draws: Italy has changed government so frequently that it is only possible to identify the permanent political class when the EU intervenes to impose one of them. I have hopes the new government will see Trump as a possible ally before they can be coopted. Replacing Shariah Dismay with someone capable of independent thought rather than another mollusk would help too.

  13. Whenever I hear of Globalists complaining about Trump’s conduct I kind of get encouraged by him again.
    Seconded.

    And it’s about time that someone called out nancy boy Trudeau as well. Vigorously seconded.

  14. The New World Order will be led by Russia and China.

    Yeah right. Russia is a second rate power on its way to being 3rd rate. It gets bigged up as the enemy only by idiots in the West with nefarious intentions.

    A united Korea would not go near the SCO and I am not sure India will last in it. It is China, Russia and a bunch of the ‘stans ie the kids with no mates.

    China is already a major power and it is already failing to capitalise on its status because of its bullying of its neighbours.

  15. Agree very much that Russia is a second rate power on its way down. They have some good new weapons systems but can’t afford to equip their armed forces with them. Gas supply is their only serious weapon.

    China is a super-power of sorts – but is not yet wealthy and has a horrible, horrible debt problem. I think the whole Trump trade war thing is aimed 100% at China. With their demographics they only have a small window of opportunity to escape the middle income trap. And it now looks like they won’t escape it.

  16. Russia-China relationships are pretty much a case study in “strained”. The problem is that both want to lead and neither wants to follow.

    That Russia is a second rate power isn’t a problem. The problem is that it insists it is a first rate one.

    China has no allies. Like the old USSR it has clients and enemies. It simply isn’t the basis of long lasting power.

  17. “The New World Order will be led by Russia and China”

    Russia has recently gone below 2% of world GDP for the first time in its history. The only place Russia can lead anyone to is back to the caves. But it certainly can.

    As for China: who will they be copying everything from when the West declines terminally? Well, I suppose the united Korea could be the answer to this question, if it gets those nukes on time.

  18. @Chester – “Even when it was Berlusconi they never really warmed to him.”

    I think his cards were marked ever since he threatened to pull Italy out of the single currency, he never made it back after that. But now that you mention it I think Berlusconi and Trump would have got on like a house on fire and no doubt they would have partied the night away at one of his bunga bunga get togethers.

  19. @Bob- “The New World Order will be led by Russia and China.”

    The pendulum is certainly swinging back eastwards but I wouldn’t think it would do so to that extent. For me we will have a reformed UN, a reformed security council and its headquarters will be located somewhere in the east and Putin may well be its leader.

  20. @MC – “Russia is a second rate power on its way to being 3rd rate.”

    The point is though that US defence policy 101 is to keep China and Russia apart, right now they are probably as close as they have ever been, this weakens the US military position. Russia’s strength is its invincibility.

    “I am not sure India will last in it. It is China, Russia and a bunch of the ‘stans”

    India boycotted the last SCO meeting due to the border skirmishes with China and they are not very happy about the Chinese financed rail line going through the Kashmir disputed territories so you may be right. Although on face value of recent times Mordi is far more evident in Russian and Chinese groups than he is in western alliances. Plus the yanks have dumped Pakistan and they are now very much looking eastwards, which is a big threat to them.

    SCO may well be Pat, Mick and the dog but right now it has four nuclear armed states within it. With a potential fifth one being Iran chomping at the bit to join them,

  21. @Patrick – “China is a super-power of sorts – but is not yet wealthy and has a horrible, horrible debt problem. I think the whole Trump trade war thing is aimed 100% at China.’

    Trump has stated quite clearly in his National Security Strategy that China is the number one threat to the US. They are the most mentioned state in that document. The whole debt worry in China, shadow banking and all the rest of it is totally overstated. All Chinese banks and therefore debt are state owned and they could have a debt jubilee overnight without a single negative financial impact.

    China has always said to the west you fight your wars your way and we will fight ours our way. It’s preferred warfare is not conventional, their military capability is for show only as they are totally engaged in waging their three warfares their way and judging by their enemies elevating them as the number one threat, quite successfully so.

    “With their demographics they only have a small window of opportunity to escape the middle income trap. And it now looks like they won’t escape it.”

    Escape it?

    They have just lifted hundreds of millions of peasants out of poverty at a stunning pace and are on target for the rest to escape it shortly.

  22. For me we will have a reformed UN, a reformed security council and its headquarters will be located somewhere in the east and Putin may well be its leader.

    That is about as likely as the UN moving its headquarters to Narnia, with Willy Wonka as secretary general.

    Perhaps China could offer to move the UN to Shanghai and bankroll the whole thing? Trump would probably agree to that…

  23. MC, it will take a bloody nose and someone like Trump to take the UN to the brink, but it is all quite possible if you consider that it is not east versus west but them versus us.

    China may handover temporary control of the Spratly Islands to the UN whilst they dig in for a very long legal wrangle about them. The UN could then use it ostensibly as a fishery protectory headquarters.

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