A snarky CNN pundit remarked that the recent G7 conference was more like “G-6 plus one.” The “plus one” would be President Donald Trump, who declined to preen, pose, and make nice with a group of world leaders who aren’t doing so well.
One particularly pathetic take on the outcome of the summit was by a New York Times political hack posing as a reporter. The reporter wrote, “With all the differences with Trump, the G-7 leaders ended up releasing a largely general one-page statement that added up to 264 words. The last joint statement under Obama in 2016 was 14,263 words.”
Yes, Barrack Obama devoted much of his presidency to lots of words in anti-American speeches abroad. His approach included doing what was necessary to be accepted into to the European clique of failed leaders.
Barrack’s initiation into the European leadership cult was through the astonishingly bogus award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Obama received that award for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Well, that was nice. Never mind the reality that President Obama hadn’t really accomplished anything so far in his presidency, having had the office for only six months at the time.
But the Europeans greatly admire a U.S. president willing to behave more like Woodrow Wilson than Ronald Reagan. President Trump, not so much. If only he would get on board and adopt more of their democratic socialism and open borders, he could be so much like them.
Nevertheless, once again the U.S. media has missed the boat on how a U.S. patriotic president can advance his country’s interests unapologetically through adept negotiations backed up by strength. The strength is through having the world’s most powerful military and a robust economy. Europe lacks both.
Press misreporting notwithstanding, the President’s G-7 accomplishments were on display during his press conference at the end of the summit. Examples:
A reporter asked President Trump about the volatility he caused in global markets in the trade war with China. Said the President, “It’s the way I negotiate. It’s done very well for me over the years and it’s doing even better for the country.”
The markets subsequently stabilized after China capitulated and urged a calm solution.
The French blindsided the American delegation with a surprise visit by the Iranian foreign minister during the summit. Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley lost her cool. She tweeted, “This is completely disrespectful to (Trump) and the other leaders at the G-7. Iran supports terrorism at every turn and continues to pursue “Death to America.”
Maybe so, but the President took a more businesslike and professional and conciliatory approach, “I think that Iran is a country of tremendous potential. We’re not looking for leadership change, we’re not looking for that kind of change. This country has been through that many times before. That doesn’t work.”
Trump’s enemies (and a few friends) have been trying to goad him into another war in the Middle East swamp. Once again, the President has shown restraint and reason towards the Jihadist Republic of Iran, which would last about 30 minutes in a war with the U.S.
President Trump has refused to back down from his views on climate change. Trump responded to the usual “why don’t you act to save the planet?” question this way: “I feel that the United States has tremendous wealth. The wealth is under its feet. … I’m not going to lose it on dreams, on windmills, which frankly aren’t working too well.”
One reporter asked him why Russia should be allowed back into the G-7. The president’s response was a zinger: Russia’s readmittance could be a penalty for Barrack Obama’s having been outsmarted by Vladimir Putin. Russia’s Crimean annexation was all about its Sevastopol Naval base and home of its Black Sea Fleet since 1783.
Said President Trump, “That’s where (the Russians) do their submarine work and that’s where they dock large and powerful submarines, but not as powerful as ours and not as large as ours, but they have their submarines, and President Obama was pure and simply outsmarted. They took Crimea during his term.”
So at the G-7 summit President Trump showed that he has a deep understanding of how leaders need to act in their country’s national interests. It is refreshing to have an American patriot dealing with world leaders. It is a change from Barrack Obama’s apology tour in his failed quest to exchange our nation’s independence for the euro.