At The American Conservative, Pat Buchanan explains that the dust up between the Trump administration and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G-7 summit is only the beginning of the war between nationalism and globalism. He writes “decisive battles between Trumpian nationalism and globalism remain ahead of us.” More from Pat (abridged):
At the G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump described America as “the piggy bank that everybody is robbing.”
After he left Quebec, his director of Trade and Industrial Policy, Peter Navarro, added a few parting words for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. …And that’s…what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did. And that comes right from Air Force One.”
In Singapore, Trump tweeted more about that piggy bank: “Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades…[while] the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade?”
Trump promised to negotiate with Putin and improve relations with Russia. He promised to force our NATO allies to undertake more of their own defense. He pledged to get out and stay out of Mideast wars and begin to slash the trade deficits that we have run with the world.
That’s what America voted for.
Now, after 500 days, he faces formidable opposition to these defining goals of his campaign, even within his own party.
Putin remains a pariah on Capitol Hill. Our allies are rejecting the tariffs Trump has imposed and threatening retaliation. Free-trade Republicans reject tariffs that might raise the cost of the items U.S. companies make abroad and then ships back to the United States.
The decisive battles between Trumpian nationalism and globalism remain ahead of us. Trump’s critical tests have yet to come.
And our exasperated president senses this.
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